David Mayernik is an artist, architect, designer, and author in the classical humanist tradition of the Old Masters
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Fine Art: Drawing, Plein Air, Capriccio, Narrative Painting, Sacred Art, Portraits and Still Life Architecture: Campus and Urban Design, Building Design, Interiors Decorative Arts: Objects, Opera Sets Research: History, Theoretical Projects, Academia Chiron About David Mayernik: Bio, Contact, Publications

David Mayernik is an artist, architect, educator and author. He has won numerous grants, awards and competitions, including the Gabriel Prize for research in France, the Steedman Competition Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome, and the International Competition for the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds (with then partner Thomas Norman Rajkovich of Evanston); that project won an Arthur Ross Award from the Classical America society. In 1995 he was named to the decennial list of the top 40 architects in the U.S. under 40 years old. He studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and studied fresco painting with renowned restorer Leonetto Tintori in Italy. He has taught at the New York Academy of Art, and is currently an Associate Professor with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR), the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA), and a Member of INTBAU’s College of Traditional Practitioners.


David Mayernik has painted frescoes for the American Academy in Rome, the church of S. Cresci in Valcava (Tuscany), the church of S. Tommaso, Agra (Switzerland), and various buildings on the TASIS campus in Switzerland. He won the competition to paint the Palio for Lucca, Italy, in 2013. His plein air paintings have been exhibited internationally and published in American Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines. He is the author of The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture (Ashgate, UK) and Timeless Cities: An Architect’s Reflections on Renaissance Italy, (Westview Press, Icon Editions).


Since 1996 he has been the campus architect for TASIS The American School in Switzerland; he has also been a design consultant for the TASIS campus in Thorpe, Surrey, England. The TASIS Switzerland campus has been published widely, and won an Honourable Mention in the 2016 INTBAU Excellence Awards; his M. Crist Fleming Library there won a 2005 Palladio Award from Traditional Building magazine. David Mayernik has also designed college and school campuses in the United States (Indiana and Massachusetts) and in Spain. His range of design work extends to furniture and the decorative arts, where he works with exceptional craftsmen. His design work was included in the Third Biennale of Architecture, “Historicism Tendency,” in Moscow, 2012.


David Mayernik and his wife spend part of their year in Lucca, Italy, where they have an apartment.




2016 INTBAU Excellence Award, Honourable Mention, for the TASIS Switzerland campus


2014 Prix Européen d’Architecture Philippe Rotthier, Jury award, for the TASIS Switzerland campus


2005 Palladio Award, Small Institutional Projects category, Traditional Building magazine, for the TASIS Library


1995 Forty Under Forty, a national architect and designer award selected by nomination and jury every decade


1993 Gabriel Prize for research in France


1987 With Thomas N. Rajkovich, The Arthur Ross Award for Distinguished work in the Classical Manner, Classical America: the State of Minnesota Capitol Grounds


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