Raphael Soriano was born on August 1st, 1904 in Rhodes, Greece. He attended the College Saint-Jean-Baptiste
before immigrating to the United States in 1924. After settling with relatives in Los Angeles, Soriano
enrolled in the
University of Southern Californias (USC) School of Architecture in 1929, graduating in 1934 with
In 1931, Soriano began an internship with Richard Neutra, working alongside fellow intern Gregory Ain.
followed by a brief internship with Rudolph Schindler in 1934. Sorianos first commission,
the Lipetz House (1936) was
included in the 1937 International Architectural Exhibition held in Paris, marking him as an
individual practitioner. In
1943, Soriano received third prize in the Postwar Living Competition sponsored by Arts & Architecture
his "Plywood House" prototype. Following this accomplishment was the Katz house (1949) in
Studio City, and Case
Study House (1950) in for Arts & Architecture Magazine.
In 1953, Soriano relocated from Los Angeles to Tiburon, in Marin County, across the bay north of San
Soriano designed the first mass-produced steel house by 1955, built by developer Joseph Eichler in Palo
Alto. His work
with Eichler would garner two awards from the Northern California Chapter of the AIA. Other well-known
included the Shulman House (1959), for renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman, and the Grossman
From 1970 to his death in 1988 Soriano focused on traveling the world as an architectural lecturer,
researcher. In 1986, Soriano was recognized by the AIA with a Distinguished Achievement Award
and by USC with a
Distinguished Alumni Award.