Published in 1927, Neutra's "Wie Baut America?" (How America Builds) documents how advances in manufacturing were impacting architectural construction techniques and designs. Working at Holabird and Roche gave Neutra a clearer understanding of how American architectural firms undertook large projects. The book included a case-study of the modern hotel, describing its complex program, its political significance, and the contractual and technical systems (drawings, bid process, consultants, etc.) required to get a project of this scale built.
Neutra's first and most important commission, the Lovell Health House from 1929, exploited what he had learned about American advances in building methods and materials while writing "Wie Baut Amerika?" The “Health House” became the premier example of International Style Modernism in Southern California, also breaking new ground as the first steel house ever built in the U.S.