David Mayernik
Architect David Mayernik

Expert to discuss Renaissance mind, arts

By James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 29, 2008)--The UTSA College of Architecture will present a lecture by architect David Mayernik, an authority on the classical renaissance in architecture and the arts, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) at the Downtown Campus. Mayernik will speak on "Italy and the Renaissance Mind: What the Past Has to Teach Us Today." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mayernik will discuss his research on the multi-disciplined Renaissance mind and how he uses the philosophy in his own work. The presentation will include his perspectives on the articulate buildings of Pienza, the dramatic narratives of the Palazzo Te in Mantova and the urban theater of Andrea Palladio's Vicenza.

"David Mayernik's lecture will be a treat for anyone interested in Italian Renaissance architecture and art," said Robert Baron, interim dean of the College of Architecture. "He has a unique perspective, as he understands this rich tradition from the inside as a practicing classical architect, fresco painter and story teller."

Mayernik is the author of "Timeless Cities: An Architect's Reflection on Renaissance Italy," which is used as a textbook in UTSA architecture classes in the study abroad program. The book discusses the civic mythology in Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena and Pienza from antiquity to the Enlightenment.

Mayernik is an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. His training encompasses a variety of disciplines including architecture, urban planning and fine art. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Rome and winner of the Gabriel Prize for research in Paris.

For more information, contact the UTSA College of Architecture at (210) 458-3090 or visit

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