Male, born 10/08/1900, died 05/08/1996

Associated with the firms network

Chermayeff and Mayhew, Associated Architects; Chermayeff, Serge, Architect


Professional History

Journalist, Amalgamated Press, London, UK, 1918-1923; Chief Designer, E. Williams, Ltd., (decorators), London, UK, 1924-1927; Director, Modern Art Department, Waring and Gillow, London, UK, 1928-1929; Principal, Serge Chermayeff, Architect, London, UK, 1930-1932; Partner [Eric] Mendelsohn and Chermayeff, Architects, London, UK, 1933-1936; Principal, Serge Chermayeff, Architect, London, UK, 1937-1939; Associate, Chermayeff and [Clarence W.W.] Mayhew, Associated Architects, 1940-1941.

Instructor, European Mediterranean Academy, France, early 1930s; Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute, 1940-1941; Instructor, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 1942-1946; Instructor, Institute of Design, Chicago, IL, 1946-1951; Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1951-1952; Professor (Head of the Department of Architecture), Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), 1953-1962, 1974; Professor, (Head of the Department of Architecture), Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1962-1971;

Co-founder, American Society of Planners and Architects, 1942-1947; Consultant, Planning, Architecture and Industrial Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1942-1947; Editorial Board, American Federation of Art, 1942-1947; Consultant, Chicago Planning Commission, Chicago, IL, 1946-1948;

Gold Medal, Royal Canadian Institute of Architects, 1974; Fellow, Royal Institute of British Architects; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London, UK; Fellow, American Institute of Architects;

Serge Chermayeff Architectural Records and Papers, 1909-1980, Columbia University, Avery Architectural Archives, New York, NY;

Education

Peterborough Lodge Preparatory School, Hampstead, London, UK, 1910-1913; Royal Drawing Society School, London, 1910-1913; Harrow School, 1914-1917; coursework at various schools in Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands, 1922-1925;

Personal

Serge Chermayeff was born near Grozny in the Chechen region of the Northern Caucasus (now a part of the Russian Federation). He emigrated from Moscow, Russia to England, 1910; he was naturalized as an English citizen, 1928; Chermayeff emigrated from the UK to the United States, 1939, and naturalized as a US citizen, 1946; he died in Wellfleet, MA. (Thank you to Jenya Zhilina for clarifying Chermayeff's actual birth place. This site and others indicated that Grozny was in Azerbaijan, which was incorrect.)

Chechen Republic near Grozny in the Chechen region of the Northern > Caucasus

Married Barbara Mailand May Chermayeff in 1928.

Two sons: Peter and Ivan;



Associated Locations

  • Grozny, Chechen Republic Russian Federation (Architect's Birth)
    Grozny, Chechen Republic Russian Federation

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  • Wellfleet, MA (Architect's Death)
    Wellfleet, MA

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