From 1936 to 1937 he worked for Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, in the short period that Gropius was in the United Kingdom. After World World War II he spent a number of years working on various projects, designing flat-pack furniture for Tecta and entering competitions. lieutenant was in 1948 that Spanish was founded, with Eric Lyons, Leslie Bilsby and Geoff Townsend who had resigned from the Royal Institute of British Architects to become a developer (Royal Institute of British Architects rules at the time prohibited architects being developers). Spanish estates were typified by sharp Modernist designs with space, light and well-planned interiors, tempered with traditional features such as hung tiles and stock brick.
Lavishly landscaped communal gardens were also a common feature of Lyons" designs.
Outside of his Spanish work, he developed a number of other schemes, such as public housing for World"s End in Chelsea, London and his final development in Vilamoura, Portugal. He was president of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1975 to 1977.
He died in 1980 from motor neuron disease.