Schein was a pioneer in the use of synthetic materials and created the first plastic house in 1956. On his death Le Monde described him as "one of the major figures in French architecture".
- Silvia Berselli, "Ionel Schein : Dall'habitat evolutivo all'architecture populaire", Mendrisio Academy Press 2015, ISBN 978-8-8366-3143-8.
- "Ionel Schein". Le Monde. 25 January 2005.