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Mariel Villere

Mariel Villere

Brooklyn, NY





The New York Times

The Local contributor

Covered neighborhood happenings in written and photographic essays.

Career medium 06


Interim Coordinator of Exhibitions and Publications at MIT SA+P, Keller Gallery

• Coordinated exhibition installations of architecture work by guest exhibitors in a “vest pocket-sized” department gallery; managed gallery marketing and documentation; sourced guest authors, conducted interviews, edited and designed corresponding exhibition publications
• Introduced, strategized, designed and managed MIT Department of Architecture publication projects of various scales

Beginnings: Drawing Early Architecture — May-August 2013
Incremental Change (Filson and Rohrbacher) — April-May 2013
Feeling Contexts (C+S Architects) — March-April 2013
Objects by Architects — September-November 2012
Waterworks: Photographs by Carole Starr Schein — May-June 2012
Queer/Body/Architecture, Curated with JD Sassaman — April 2012
Robin Boyd: Walsh Street House — March-April 2012



Research Assistant to Professor and Director of HTC, Caroline Jones

Conducted content research and sourced images for journal essays and forthcoming book on international biennials; secured images with rights from several libraries, archives, estates, artists and coordinated with publisher

Career medium 06
Career medium 04


Teaching Assistant

Communications TA for 4.114 Community and Privacy – Building in Earthtexture (Professor Jan Wampler): Undergraduate studio workshop of 12 with Lecturer Cherie Miot Abbanat, MIT Undergraduate Program in Architecture
• Assigned and commented on/graded weekly student concept statements for projects on themes of sustainable urban architecture, intended to foster design intentionality and clear presentation of ideas and work
• Filmed and edited reels of biweekly presentations
• Led group discussions/critiques on communication skill building



Teaching Assistant

4.312/4.313 Production of Space: New Models and Modeling Practices
Graduate student seminar/studio of 5 with Associate Professor Gediminas Urbonas, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and Zenovia Toloudi; in collaboration with MIT Museum and Zurich University of the Arts; exhibition to travel to Zurich, Berlin, San Francisco
• Curated and coordinated guest artists, speakers, reviewers for twice weekly 3-hour class meetings
• Collaboratively selected readings and developed assignments; led seminar discussions with Professor; substituted for Professor; advised student studio projects in design and production; coordinated exhibition plans for class
• Created and managed the class blog and two grant applications that were awarded a grand total of $6,000

Career medium 05
Career medium 01


Design/Build Instructor

• Led two consecutive 3-week summer sessions with co-teacher for a group of ten+ 14-19 year olds
• Organized daily agenda and overall design and pedagogical goals for the summer including community engagement, design precedents, design process, and construction technique
• Mentored students in group and individual design process in the studio, on site and in the workshop


Harvard Graduate School of Design

Digital Content Coordinator

• Wrote, edited, researched and prepared diverse content for the GSD website and for broader dissemination via e-mail, social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), newsletters, announcements and listings (internal and external)
• Strategized with team and Assistant Dean for Communications on overall marketing and online presence

Career medium 04
Career medium 04


Publication Designer

• Worked with Founder and Directors to cull and collate written and design materials from the Lab for Urban Futures, a series of three urban design and theory events organized with the Queens Museum of Art
• Designed and formatted publication identity and edited essays for publication


CUP: Center for Urban Pedagogy

Extern, research and publications

• Followed up with community groups involved with the Making Policy Public (MPP) pamphlet projects on distribution and implementation; compiled feedback for use in grant reports
• Advocated for MPPs and negotiated with independent and museum bookshops in New York City to initiate sale of CUP publications and projects
• Edited content for newly launched website
• Researched and decoded 2010 Census Data to update a previous Affordable Housing Kit for New York and prepare the planned Kit for Chicago; researched affordable housing policy in Chicago

Career medium 01
Career medium 02

Social Ink

Project Manager

• Refined studio’s identity strategy and drafted design/development proposals for creatives, non profits, foundations, community and advocacy groups, educators and businesses
• Fielded website development and graphic design project inquiries with potential clients; maintained client relationships
• Maintained online portfolio, studio blog and Twitter feed


Situ Studio

Marketing Assistant

• Implemented marketing strategy, designed marketing materials, structured press relations and social media for reOrder, a large-scale design installation at Brooklyn Museum
• Developed business strategy and annual marketing plan to sustain fabrication projects while bolstering firm’s identity as a design and research practice
• Conducted market research to target potential new clients; interfaced with clients across art, architecture and museum fields; established and maintained database of over 1,000 contacts
• Edited texts for Solar Pavilions book and assisted partners and graphic designers, MTWTF, with production
• Developed, drafted and edited design proposals and organized design presentations
• Sourced grant opportunities for interdisciplinary and innovative research projects
• Generated written, graphic, photographic and video content for the practice’s blog
• Proposed and assisted redesign of website information architecture and graphic identity

Career medium 02
Career medium 01

Glenstone Foundation

Architectural Archive Intern

• Coordinated complete collection and organization of record sets and final shop drawings of Glenstone property (art, architecture, and landscape) to be commissioned by the Foundation, a private collection of contemporary art
• Identified documents for collection at architecture firms; facilitated digitization in-house and with reprographics firms


The Skyscraper Museum

Exhibition Planning and Development

Consultant — May 2010-August 2011
• Advised and conducted web, education, publication and exhibition projects
• Developed, drafted, and edited five high-ranking government and foundation-supported grant proposals and materials
• Managed hiring and staff transitions

Head of Exhibition Planning, Development & Design — November 2008-May 2010
• Collaborated with Founder and Director in exhibition conception, development, installation, documentation and program development and planning including international symposium with city officials, planners, architects and developers from Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai to discuss comparative architecture, urbanism and public space
• Managed in-house research and design teams of 5-10 people; from hiring, developing organizational infrastructure and motivating staff while liaising with Director and Board
• Acted as principal in-house graphic designer, exhibition photographer, archivist and website administrator
• Coordinated and managed public relations and marketing strategy; established Museum’s YouTube and Flickr presence
• Wrote, fact-checked, and edited grant applications, exhibition copy, press release, newsletter and web content
• Organized travel research trips to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen for international exhibitions and programs

Gallery Manager — May-November 2008
• Assisted with education and public program development, operational support and gallery maintenance
• Designed, edited and implemented marketing materials and exhibition graphics

Career medium 04
Career medium 05

New York Institute of Technology

Teaching and Research Assistant

Re-America Architecture Thesis Studio with Julia Malloy and Egbert Miles Chu
• Researched the urban history, contemporary built state, and artistic climate of Detroit, Newark, and New Orleans
• Supported student work in desk critiques and reviews for 15+ students; maintained blog


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SMArchS, Architecture History, Theory, Criticism

Barnard College

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture and Art History

Università di Bologna

Architettura, Storia dell'Arte, Archeologia