A Message from the Development Team
As developers of Mandala Village and Resort, we are committed to making a difference. Our approach has been to stretch our boundaries, to research and combine new forward-looking ideas with ancient and time-tested principles of architecture and design. We want to take sustainability beyond its current understanding to embrace the goal of nourishing all aspects of the lives of the residents—mind, body, and spirit. We strongly believe that we are launching a vehicle that will ultimately have a life of its own, and over time the residents of Mandala Village will become active participants in sustaining and expanding this vision.
—Richard Bialosky and David Ederer
Richard Bialosky, AIA
Richard is an award-winning architect who has been actively engaged in real estate development and design for over 40 years. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969, and has received over 60 national, state, and local design awards. Richard is a pioneer in the application of healthy home building materials and protocols. His 1987 personal residence in Santa Barbara, CA stands as an early model of energy-efficient and non-toxic sustainable design. Over the course of his career, Richard has designed and developed over 1,500 residential units, as well as many commercial and office projects.
In 1975, Richard and his wife, Jane, became teachers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation program®. In 1988, he was introduced to Maharishi’s vision of building sustainable and enlightened communities based on the principles of the ancient science of architecture from the Vedic civilization of India. In 2000, inspired by that vision and frustrated with the notion of fostering change in small incremental steps, Richard left the successful architectural practice he had established in California to devote his energy solely to green community development.
Mandala Village, in Vero Beach, Florida, is the fruit of the seed planted back in 1988. Mandala Village is destined to be one of the most unique projects in the country—combining the age-old principles of Vedic architecture with non-toxic, health-promoting construction protocols; environmental sensitivity; energy efficiency; and an emphasis on planning techniques that promote a sense of community.
Richard Bialosky is currently the chair of the City of Vero Beach Architectural Review Committee, a member of the Cultural Art Village Leadership Team, as well as the immediate past president of Temple Beth Shalom.
David gained his first construction experience at the age of fifteen while working for his family’s construction company in Akron, Ohio. During his tenure in the family business, he helped develop, construct, and manage multifamily dwellings, fast-food restaurants, office buildings, and retail centers.
David and Richard joined forces when David and his wife, Helen, moved to Vero Beach in 2001 to work on the development and construction of commercial properties and green homes, employing the principles of Vedic architecture and sustainable communities. Richard and David formed Navo Builders in 2004 to build homes based on these principles. In 2009, a home built by Navo Builders was awarded the “Green Home of the Year” by Green Building Magazine.
David is a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Land Development Committee. He is a founding member of the Indian River County Sustainability Committee and was on the executive board of the Treasure Coast Builders Association (an affiliate of the NAHB) for over fourteen years. He currently is co-treasurer of the Treasure Coast Builder’s PAC.
Earlier in his career, David earned an M.A. in Accountancy from the University of Akron in Ohio, and after graduation, worked as a CPA in the real estate departments at M.B. Hariton and Laventhol and Horwath, large accountings firms in Washington, DC. Starting in the 1990s, David was president of Mount Vernon Equity Sales and a principal at a related consulting firm helping developers and a wide variety of companies obtain financing for their real estate portfolios. Later he became a partner in several companies for the development of their diverse real estate portfolios, ranging from hotel properties to residential developments to high-end health and fitness clubs.
David became a teacher of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation program® in 1975. In 1995, David helped design and obtain governmental approvals for a land development based on the principles of the Vedic architecture and has been involved in using these principles in development and home building ever since.
David is an avid biker, teaches Aikido, and was a founding board member of Bike/Walk Indian River County.