Alfred Roth was born in Wangen (Switzerland) on 21 May 1903. He took a degree in Zurich with Karl Moser and began working in the studio of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, creating two houses for the International Exhibition in Stuttgart. In 1931 he opened his own architecture office in Zurich, and carried out important projects in Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, and the Middle East. In collaboration with Marcel Breuer he designed the Doldertal houses in Zürich. In addition to serving as a visiting professor at the Universities of Harvard and Saint Louis, as well as at the Zurich Polytechnic, he published various books on architecture and his contacts with Le Corbusier, Loos, Hoffman, Perret, Van de Velde and Piet Mondrian.