From 1895 to 1897 Adolf Meyer completed an apprenticeship as an art carpenter in Mechernich in the Eifel. After working as a carpenter in Cologne, Krefeld, and Düsseldorf, he went to the Kunstgewerbeschulen (Schools of Applied Arts) in Cologne and later in Düsseldorf in 1904. In 1910 Walter Gropius hired him as head clerk of his studio. During this time they erected the Fagus factory Karl Benscheidt in Alfeld and the building of the Cologne Werkbund exhibition. After his military service in 1919 he became head of Walter Gropius’ construction studio and extraordinary Master of Architecture at the Bauhaus. With Walter March he took over the construction management of the model house Am Horn and was also responsible for the typographical editing of the third volume of the Bauhaus book Ein Versuchshaus. After the closure of the Bauhaus, Meyer remained in Weimar and worked as a freelance architect. In 1926 he was government building officer in Frankfurt am Main, headed the building consultancy of the municipal building department, and taught at the Frankfurt Art School. In 1929 Adolf Meyer drowned while bathing in the North Sea off Baltrum.