Swedish architect, who developed the Swedish idiom in modern architecture. Many of his works are in Stockholm, some are in Gothenburg.
Born in Stockholm, he was educated at the university there, where he became professor of architecture (1931–40). His principal buildings include the Stockholm city library (1920–28), with its drum-shaped reading room, the extension to the Gothenburg town hall (1934–37), and the Stockholm Crematorium (1935–40). He also built numerous schools, which inspired many similar buildings in other European countries.