Architecture and Design Museum

About Us

The A+D Museum explores the definitions of architecture and design, from the conceptual to professional practice. We embrace the themes of technology, art, scale, and urbanism. A+D guides our community through the complex effects design has on our lives and the world around us. We are a profoundly inclusive institution, embracing the intersections between architecture and design, and social and environmental justice.

In 2020 A+D Museum restructured the institution as a hybrid platform, both physical and digital, becoming more accessible and far-reaching than ever. Our interactive online presence gives us the opportunity to host programs across the globe. Through exhibits, symposia, multi-disciplinary projects, educational and community programming, A+D serves as a platform for contemporary issues in architecture and design that shape our built environment and our everyday experience.

A+D was founded by Stephen Kanner, Joe Addo, and Bernard Zimmerman in January 2001 and first opened our doors in the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles. Since then, we have had the privilege of getting to know diverse communities on the East and West sides of the city through our subsequent homes. In 2015, we moved to Downtown LA’s Arts District, an environment that informed the experimental nature of our programming. The pandemic pushed us to question how a museum transcends its physical boundaries, continues to evolve as an institution with societal needs. The shift to a hybrid model comes as a natural progression of the museum's history as an itinerant space. 

Board of Directors

Nancy Levens, Assoc. AIA, Board President
Ryan Hollien, AIA, LEED AP Board Vice President
Keely Colcleugh, Board Secretary
Silvia Kuhle, AIA, LEED AP Board Treasurer
Farooq Ameen, AIA, RIBA
Scott Baker, PLA, ASLA
Frank Clementi, FAIA, AIGA
Julie Crisp
John R. Dale, FAIA, LEED AP
Eames Demetrios
Roger Fricke, LEED AP
Peter Himmelstein
Brian Stewart, Esq. Hon. AIA|LA, Hon. AIA|California
Lia Tatevosian 
Leila Anna Wahba
Curator of Public Programs + Partnerships
Kiana Quan
 Exhibitions & Publications Coordinator
Dionicio Ichillumpa
Associate Curator 
Richard Tranley
 Digital Media Producer  
Eastbridge Studios
 Fabrication Consultant
Museum Collaborators

Adela Xu
April Laird
Bernard Kahiga
Camille Elston
Giang Phung
Jessica Lam
Jila Mendez
Kristi Hsiao
William Maya
Inclusivity + Community Committee

Jon Garcia, Committee Co-Chair
Kat Lee, Committee Co-Chair
Arthur Chen
Aaron Gensler
Nic McGrue
Wayne Thomas 
Claudia Wainer
Stephanie Green
Wilson Diaz
Aron Carcamo

Generously Sponsored by 


The 20/20 is a select group of Los Angeles pre-eminent architects and designers whose support of A+D has enabled our move to become firmly situated cultural institution.

ARUP / Engineering Design
Ashcraft Design / Product Design
Audi of America / Automotive Design
Belzberg Architects
Barton Myers Associates
BMW Group Designworks USA / Automotive and Product Design
Chadwick Studio / Product Design
Clive Wilkinson Architects
dosa / Christina Kim / Clothing Design
Eames Demetrios/ Product Design and Film
EYRC Architects
Eric Owen Moss Architect
Escalante Architects
Fluidity / Water Element Design
Francis Krahe & Associates, Inc. / Architectural Lighting Design
Frederick Fisher and Partners
Garson Yu of yU+co / Title and Motion Graphics
Greg Lynn FORM/ Product Design and Architecture
Hodgetts + Fung
Imaginary Forces / Title and Motion Graphics
Kanner Architects
Kappe Architects/Planners
Karten:Design / Product Design
Katherine Spitz Associates, Inc. / Landscape Design
Kelly Wearstler, Inc. / Interior Design
Kilograph / Graphic and Website Design
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]
Made in Space April Greiman / Transmedia Design
Marmol Radziner Architects
Michael Maltzan Architecture
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners
Neil M. Denari Architects
Pamela Burton & Company / Landscape Design
Prologue / Title and Motion Graphics
Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
ROTO Architects
Sussman Prejza / Environmental Graphics