Typical of May's homes are their floor-to-ceiling glass walls that connect outdoors with in. He promoted 'livability rather than facade' and was inspired by watching how people lived in and used his homes.
Surprisingly, May was not an architect in the traditional sense. He studied business and accounting in the late 1920's. Around the time of the 1929 market crash, he left school and started building homes. He built and designed his first at the age of 23. May spent the bulk of his career as a licensed building designer, a moniker that gratified him. He once said, 'I was proud that I got where I did and wasn't an architect.'
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