Rodney Walker was born in Ely, Nevada, on September 15, 1910. He attended Pasadena City College before transferring to University of California Los Angeles where he graduated with a degree in art. In 1937, Rodney and his wife Dorothea built their first house in West Los Angeles. Soon after, he went to work for Rudolf Schindler as a draftsman. Over the next thirty years, Rodney designed and built some 100 homes in Southern California. Rodney Walker died in 1986 at his home in Ojai, California.