Alfread Gellhorn was born into a Jewish family and studied architecture between 1903 and 1908. He wrote his theses about cemetaries in Silesia, Poland today. First he started to work as a architect in Wrocław, than in Halle (Saale), where he co-worked with Martin Knauthe. From 1927 he worked in Berlin. Although he converted to Protestantism in 1916, he fled from Germany due to the persecution of Jews in 1933. After fleeing to Argentina, Colombia and Great Britain, he was no longer able to realize buildings. An exception is the British Settlement in Berlin for members of the British Army (Kiplingweg 4/6, 8/10, 28/30 and 32/34).