He left for the United States in 1895. He opened an office in San Francisco in 1899 and for many years engaged in planning various commercial and industrial buildings in the city and elsewhere in California as far east as Nevada. Among his most important works in San Francisco were the Fooshay Building on Kearney Street, the Century Garage on Post Street; buildings for Halstead & Company, Morticians, Sutter Street; Stauffer Chemical Building, California Street, and in addition five apartment buildings costing $100,000.
Nordin designed various commercial and industrial buildings, hotels and churches, as well as many single-family residences and apartment houses. For the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, he was appointed supervisor and assistant to the famous Swedish architect Ferdinand Boberg who was the designer of the Swedish Pavilion.
He was a member of the Swedish Club, the Swedish-America Society and was a Freemason.
He was married twice and had three children in California — sons Leonard and Robert, and a daughter, Alice.