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After finishing architecture school in Berlin, Rading briefly worked in the office of Peter Behrens in 1919. That same year he moved to Breslau, becoming a professor at the National Academcy for Arts and Crafts. In 1926 Rading established a partnership with Hans Scharoun, became a member of The Ring (the architectural collective), and in 1927 contributed a single-family house to the Weissenhof Estate exhibition.
After the Nazis came to power in 1933, Rading, whose wife came from a Jewish family, emigrated to France and then to Palestine, in today's Israel. From 1943 through 1950 Rading served as the city architect of Haifa; in 1950 he established himself in Great Britain.