Ron Mallis, Founder/Director, Boston APP/Lab

Ron Mallis is founder and director of BostonAPP/Lab. Launched in January 2013 via the Boston Society of Architects, the Lab ( has as its major goal that of “incubating new collaborarations to support art in greater Boston’s public places.” Through its nearly 20 workshops, held for the most part at the BSA, participants have included artists, NGOs, municipal agencies, institutions, potential funders, community leaders, and other elements of the "ecosystem" that comprises art in public places. Underlying the Lab’s work – and the workshops themselves – is the core challenge: "What can we do together that we can't do separately?" Along with continuing the workshops, the Lab has, since November 2014, been focusing on developing an “ArtsCommons” – a flexible, outdoor, and curated performance/installation/public space that is transformable and movable. The Lab is hoping to launch the ArtsCommons toward the end of Summer 2015. Prior to starting the Lab, Ron worked for 10 years as an urban planner with the Boston-based firm of Goody Clancy. Whether in Savannah, Lowell, San Antonio, or New Orleans, Ron’s work was framed by the practice of civic engagement – which in turn continues to shape my efforts in the arena of arts and culture. His academic background includes a Master of City Planning from MIT, as well as degrees in comparative literature and American literature from Cornell and Columbia, respectively. He lives in Boston.