By 1942 Kastner was an architect working in Washington, DC. According to the Architectural Forum he had worked in Austria, Germany and Holland before coming to the United States in 1924. His American experience included work as a draftsman in the offices of Mayers, Murray & Phillip, Joseph Urban, and Hood & Fouilhoux. He won first prize in an international competition for the Ukrainian National Theater, Kharkov, 1929; second prize (with Oscar Stonorov) for the design for the Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, 1930; first prize, Lehigh Portland Cement Competition, 1928. In 1942 he considered his practice to be mostly in the field of public housing.
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