Trained as an architectural designer and historian, Mariel Villeré researches, writes, and organizes exhibits and cultural programming at the intersection of architecture, art, landscape, and the city.
She is currently the Program Development Director in the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She was formerly the Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants at Freshkills Park/NYC Parks, where she worked to build the art program for the landfill-to-park site through an inquiry-based artist residency program, Field R/D, and through the on-site Studio+Gallery she founded in January 2018. Her work has been the subject of articles in Hyperallergic, Art in America, ArtSpace, and BOMB Magazine.
Her graduate thesis for the Masters of Science in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture & Art at MIT focused on the first documenta in 1955 in Kassel, Germany and related the exhibit design to the landscape and garden show in the midst of postwar urban reconstruction.
Other writings have been published by Sternberg Press, Thresholds, PLOT, MIT/Keller Gallery, RISD Int|AR, and Urban Omnibus independently and representing Freshkills Park. She occasionally updates her blog and boards of visual inspirations and associations.