Tibbie Dunbar, Executive Director
Tibbie Dunbar became the first Director of A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles in December 2004. In the ensuing 9 years, Tibbie has developed the A+D into an active center of architecture and design, launching cutting-edge programming in education, symposia, musical arts performances, cultural urbanism, interactive platforms, and the creation of an installation space where architects, designers, and artists are invited in to conceive on-site projects.
As curator, Tibbie has continued to develop the founders' original vision for the museum, by expanding the breadth of the museum to include exhibits of design. To further fulfill the museum’s mission, Tibbie attracts national and international exhibits of both architecture and design, and pursues grant support and underwriting for these initiatives. Under Tibbie Dunbar’s stewardship, outstanding exhibits have traveled to A+D from Canada, Finland, and from around the United States.
In her role as director, Tibbie has guided the Board in their fundraising efforts. More than $1 million of support has been raised to date. In addition she helped assemble an unprecedented Foundation group for A+D, comprising forty of the top Los Angeles architects and designers.
Tibbie Dunbar has a M.F.A., a B.A. in French and English Literature, and is bilingual in French and English. She is a practicing fine artist, whose work has been exhibited locally and nationally. As an artist, Tibbie enhances her contribution to A+D with a broad and encompassing vision of arts and design.
Heather Patton, Operations Director
Heather is the latest A+D staff member having joined the museum in July of 2013. She studied Architecture, Fine Art and Art History in college and is an overall fan of academia. She interned at Musée d’Orsay and the Mona Bismarck Center for Art & Culture in Paris until she joined LACMA's Membership team, where she worked until the Summer of 2013. Heather is also an oil painter and draftsman who exhibits in Los Angeles and Orange County.