Served as the Director of Architecture at the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank of London. His career was diverse and his talents were varied, encompassing not only architecture, but also interior design, art, writing, and broadcasting.
He studied at Eastbourne College in East Sussex, St. John's College in Cambridge, and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He then accepted a teaching position with the Cambridge School of Architecture, while working for the famed Christopher (Kit) Nicholson who also served as his mentor. He served in the Camouflage Service of the Air Ministry during World War II.
He was a friend of the Royal Family and masterminded the interior design of royal yacht Britannia.
His family was from Wales. He was the nephew of the esteemed actor, Sir Lewis Casson.
He taught Prince Charles how to paint with watercolors.