Neutra was born in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Vienna, Austria Hungary, on April 8, 1892. Neutra participated in the Sophiengymnasium in Vienna until 1910, and studied under Adolf Loos in Vienna University of Technology (1910-1918). Neutra worked for some time in Germany, in the study of Erich Mendelsohn. He moved to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1929. Neutra worked briefly for Frank Lloyd Wright before accepting an invitation from his close friend and university partner Rudolf Schindler to work and live in communities in Schindler's Kings Road House in California. . Neutra died in Wuppertal, Germany, on April 16, 1970 at the age of 78.
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