was born in London, England in 1932. He studied at Harvard University, the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Yale University School of Design. Chermayeff has been trustee and committee member for the painting and sculpture, film and design departments of the Museum of Modern Art; a Vice President of the Yale Arts Association, Member of the Committee of Arts and Architecture, Yale University Council and a member of the Committee for Visual and Environmental Arts, Harvard University, Board of Overseers.
Chermayeff has been an instructor at Brooklyn College and at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has been awarded the Industrial Arts medal from the American Institute of Architects, 1967, and Gold Medal, Philadelphia College of Art in 1971. Chermayeff is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts where he has acted as vice president, president and member of the board of directors; the International design Conference of Aspen, CO, acting as vice president and co-chairman and as member of the board of directors; Industrial Designers Society of America; Alliance Graphique International, and the Benjamin Franklin Fellow Royal, Society of the Arts, London.
Important commissions include Exploding Triangles (Shaped canvases) IBM Data Processing Headquarters, Harrison, NY; Dimensional Abstractions (plastic laminate wall construction), Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus, Indiana; Abstraction I (Aubusson Tapestry), Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Abstraction II and III, Philip Morris Incorporated, Richmond,VA; and Construction (wall with painted steel components), American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, OH. Chermayeff was commissioned by the Department of General Services, New York to create a blue painted steel concrete sculpture for the 49th Police Precinct, Eastchester Road and Pelham Parkway as well as an abstract fiber banner for the Family Court, 900 Sheridan Avenue.