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 focuses 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.


Liza Cucco (Studio & Programs Manager) is a firm believer in the unique power of art to engage communities, motivate action and expand horizons, with a career that incorporates both a vibrant artistic practice and commitment to community development. From Los Angeles to London, Liza has lived and worked on three coasts and two continents and is constantly inspired by the ever-changing currents of city life. She holds an MFA from Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.



Board of Directors

  • Chairman, Charles McKinney, Public Realm Visioneer, Estuaryone

  • President, Susanna Church, Principal, Global Campaign Marketing, Adobe

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

  • Finance Chair, Eric Wechsler, Wechsler Foundation

  • Tom Bishop, Partner, BRB Architects

  • Ray Gastil, Director of Planning, City of Pittsburgh

  • Wendy Evans Joseph, Principal, Studio Joseph

  • Jeffrey Lydon, Principal, Lydon Associates

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • Mia Ruyter, Artist, Education & Outreach Manager, The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

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

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



CALL Fellows Steering Committee

  • Lee Altman

  • Shiva Chandra

  • Petra Kempf

  • Shell Lee

  • Geoffrey Lenat

  • Kristen Reardon

  • Zachary Youngerman

  • Jennifer Zhu


Our Funders

CALL / City as Living Laboratory has received critical support from: Agnes Gund Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Ford Foundation, Graham Foundation, Dorothy Lichtenstein, The Greenwich Collection, The Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, New York Community Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts, Edward John Noble Foundation, Emily Pulitzer, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, Shelley Rubin, Theatrum Mundi, The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and The Wechsler Foundation.


BRB Architects Tom Bishop, Marlon Blackwell, Lynn Burditt, Beth DeWoody, Ennead Architects, FXFOWLE, Catherine Gund, Steven Holl, Wendy Evans Joseph, The Peter T. Joseph Foundation, Edward Noble, Richard Olcott, Pennsylvania State University, Pratt Institute, Bill Ryall, Linda and Andrew Safran, Tsao & McKown Architects, Patterson Sims, and Lawrence Shopmaker.


Robert Baron H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman, Fabrication Specialties, Ray Gastil, Joseph Giovannini, Gail Gregg, Carol Lewitt, Charles McKinney, John Osborn, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, Weiss-Manfredi Architects


Rosina Abramson, Carol Ackerman, Alice Adams Gordy, Danielle Amato-Milligan, Zora Anderson, Julie Apffel, Haruno Arai, Elizabeth Asawa, Sigrid Asmus, Gayla Bechtol, Laurie Beckelman, Mary Beebe, Christopher Beers, Thomas Bender, Ted Berger, John Boone, Wendy Brawer, William Browning, Howard Chambers, Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare, Kiersten Jennings Chou, Phyllis Cohen, Coleman Coker, Terry Cook, Carrie Cooperider, Susan Crile, Gabriella De Ferrari, Peggy Deamer, Josh DeBonis, Donna Dennis, Gabriella De Ferrari, Molly Dilworth, Jenny Dixon, Mitch Epstein & Susan Bell, Jackie Ferrara, Ann Fessler, Belmont Freeman, Casey Fremont, Jonie Fu, Ray Gastil, Olivia Georgia, Joseph Giovannini, Bill Goldston, Elissa Goldstone, Vivien Greene, Steven Handel, Tony Hiss, Sarah Hollars, Matthew Jensen, Bree Jeppson, Natalie Jeremijenko, Cindy Kelly, Laurie Kerr, Constance Kheel, Iliana Kirova, Ramona Lall, Sandra Lang, Read Langworthy, Michael Levine, Larry Liddle, Lucy Lippard, William Logan, Glenn and Susan Lowry, Jack Osborn, Tricia Martin, Sabine Marx, Ginna Marston, Jennifer McGregor, Charles McKinney, Jon Mcmillan, Christian Miss, Jake Miss, Jeannette Miss, Justin Moore, Joseph Morra, Emily Moss, Jeffrey Murphy, Peter Mustardo, Yuko Nakazawa, Barbara Koz Paley, Cynthia Parillo, Ann Pearl, Stefan Petranek, Stephanie Pfirman, Michael Pinto, Linda Pollak, Steven Rand, Richard Reiss, Mary Rickel Pelletier, Terence Riley, Edward Robbins, Angelica and Neil Rudenstine, Joan Reutershan, Linda R. Safran, Joyce P. Schwartz, Dorit Shahar, RitaSue Siegel, Patterson Sims, Joanne Sliker, Holly Smith, Susan Sollins, Catharine Stimpson, Betsy Sussler, Tim Tompkins, Karen Van Lengen, Charles Vorosmarty, Nisse Welchman, Janet Weston, John Woldenberg, George Woodman, Gwendolyn Wright, Nina Yankowitz, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Arnie Zimmerman, Andrew Zumwalt-Hathaway, and several Anonymous.


Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Planning, and the NYC Department of Transportation.