Rodney Walker honed his architectural skills while working for R.M. Schindler. Known for “exploring the adaptability of new ideas in small houses” he earned architectural recognition as the designer of three completed Case Study houses included in Arts & Architecture‘s Case Study House program during the late 1940s. (Case Study House #16, #17, and #18).
Many of his homes were photographed by the late, great architectural photographer Julius Shulman for Arts & Architecture magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Architectural Record, Sunset, and the Los Angeles Times Home magazine. Other memorable residences of Walker’s include the Luchs House in Bel Air, his personal residence, and a duplex turned renovated-single-family-home in Silver Lake.
After he decided to end his career in architecture, Walker ran the Hotel Oaks in Ojai and sold jewelry he designed.