The campus of the American School in Switzerland (TASIS)—refined over the past 20 years by Master Architect David Mayernik, who was engaged by the School in 1996 to develop a Master Plan—has been awarded Honorable Mention in the category of Urban Design from the prestigious International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU). Mr. Mayernik accepted the award, which has been granted by INTBAU for projects he implemented on the TASIS campus from 2010–2015, at the 2016 INTBAU World Congress in London on November 14–15.
An artist, architect, urban designer, writer, and educator, Mr. Mayernik received a Palladio Award in 2005 for his design of the M. Crist Fleming Library, one of 12 buildings he has designed or renovated on the TASIS campus since 1999. He has won numerous other awards and competitions, including the Gabriel Prize for research in France and the Steedman Competition Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome.
Mr. Mayernik’s Master Plan lays out a Global Village that is tailored to the needs of the School while also serving as a model for the world as an ideal academic community. The guiding principle of the long-term plan is to create a village environment that fosters a sense of community—complete with green spaces, open piazzas, and multi-functional buildings. Sustainable development is of paramount importance, and the TASIS Global Village is now an internationally recognized leader in stewardship and sustainability.
INTBAU was established in 2001 as an international educational charity that works under the Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional architecture, urbanism, and crafts. The INTBAU World Congress is a forum held every two years to bring together global perspectives and knowledge for discussion and debate of pressing issues facing the built environment in communities around the world. The theme of this year’s conference is Tomorrow’s Cities: Building the Future.
David Mayernik receives the award from Jonathan Schifferes at the Royal Society of Arts in London. Photo Credit: Richard Ivey