Considered among Fresh Zealand’s preeminent architects; acknowledged with getting the Arts and Crafts Movement to his homeland. He originally regarded as farming as his life’s ambition, but a stint apprenticing having a neighboring contractor led him to create his first framework. He researched in Britain in 1909 beneath the tutelage of such architects as C.F.A. Voysey, Baille Scott, and Raymond Unwin. He was also skillful as a contractor and furniture developer, in addition to in pictures and astrology. His 1st building was a timber home for his farmer parents. He and Mary Gibson wed in 1900. He and Frank Lloyd Wright had been contemporaries.