Studio Staff


Mary Miss (Founder & Artistic Director) has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. Her installations focus on social, cultural and environmental sustainability to reveal history, ecology or aspects of sites that have gone unnoticed. In addition to BROADWAY: 1000 Steps, she recently completed a project for the Indianapolis Museum of Art focusing on a 6-mile stretch of the White River. Miss was one of four artists who developed concepts for envisioning the future of Long Island City as part of the exhibition, Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City at the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park. She has received grants from the NEA, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation. In 2012 she was awarded NYC Design Commission’s Award for Excellence in Design for The Passage: A Moving Memorial on Staten Island. See for details of Mary's work. 


Olivia Georgia (Executive Director) has worked in the arts as an administrator, curator, and teacher for over thirty years.  Prior to joining CALL, she served as Executive Director of The House Foundation for the Arts, Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Director of Visual Arts/Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and Executive Director of Maryland Art Place, She has taught arts administration at the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Arts Professionals and at Goucher College.



Aaron Asis (Urban Designer) was born and raised in Queens NY, and holds degrees in Fine Art, Architecture and Urban Design. At the nexus of these three disciplines, his work explores ideas related to the significance of under-appreciated urban environments and the ways in which those environments influence our everyday experiences. Aaron is currently working as a Creative Designer for City as Living Laboratory, as an Urban Researcher for an international design firm, and as an Independent Artist, where his work continues to focus on promoting access, awareness and appreciation—in an urban context.


Adrián Cerezo (Consultant), PhD, MESc, is a social ecologist, environmental scientist and human development researcher. His work explores the nexus between early childhood development, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. By interweaving academic research, information design and community engagement, he develops tools to think about, communicate and effectively address complex social issues. In his TEDx Talk “How Babies Can Fix the Economy and Save the Environment”, Adrián discusses how the future of the world can be improved through bettering the way we treat babies and the environment that surrounds them.  He is conducting an assessment of the CALL / FRAMEWORK and advising on its dissemination. See more details of Adrián's work HERE.

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Ici Sheed (Bookkeeper) has been a bookkeeper for eighteen years and has given up all ambition other than making zero balances.






Zhiyi (Echo) Zhou (Studio Assistant) received her BA from Fordham University in 2016. Having studied Visual Arts and Urbanism, she is interested in investigating issues in the natural and man-made environments through the medium of photography. She lives and works in New York. With support of grants, she has also conducted photographic projects in China and Cuba.




Board of Directors

  • President,  Mary Miss, Artistic Director, CALL/City as Living Laboratory, Inc.

  • Co-Chair, Tom Bishop, Partner, BRB Architects

  • Co-Chair, Charles McKinney, Public Realm Visioneer, Estuaryone

  • Secretary, Patterson Sims, Independent Curator, Writer, Consultant

  • Finance Chair, Eric Wechsler, Wechsler Foundation

  • Danielle Amato-Milligan SVP, Senior Non Profit Advisor at U.S. Trust Bank of America Corporation

  • Susanna Church, Corporate Responsibility Action Team Leader, Adobe

  • Gabriella de Ferrari, Art Historian and Writer

  • Ray Gastil, Director of Planning, City of Pittsburgh

  • Agnes Gund, President Emerita, MoMA

  • Wendy Evans Joseph, Principal, Studio Joseph

  • Sabine Marx, Director of Research, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Columbia University

  • Justin Garrett Moore, Director of the Public Design Commission, NYC Department of City Planning

  • Buck Moorhead, Principal, Buck Moorhead Architect / ACME Passive

  • John E. Osborn, Partner, Osborn Attorneys & Counselors at Law

  • Steward Pickett, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

  • Bill Ryall AIA, LEED, PHIUS, Founding Partner, Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects

  • John Woldenberg, Film, Television, and Digital Media Producer



  • Jenn Egelfeld

  • Remy Moorhead

  • Zhiyi (Echo) Zhou

2015 Interns

  • Katy Burgio

  • Rossette Evangeline

  • Ellen Holbert

2014 Interns

  • Sophia Jose

  • Nicole Delessandro

  • Felicia Xu

  • Sarah Smith