He was one of the photographers the EPA (Environment Protection Agency) hired, recommended by the director of photography at National Geographic. His photograph career started at a newspaper in Aspen Colorado.
Hiser’s assignment for Documerica led him away for Aspen to a ranching town in Colorado, and then the Canyon Lands area of Utah.
The construction used reclaimed steel soda and beer cans in conjunction with adobe and concrete to form the structure of the house. The idea was the brainchild of Michael Reynolds, who continues to work on alternative and sustainable building techniques through Aearthship Biotecture.