Los Angeles, CA [January 26, 2016] The A+D > Architecture + Design Museum Los Angeles (A+D), located in the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) Arts District, announced today the appointment of the new President to its Board of Directors, Gensler Design Principal Eric Stultz, AIA, LEED AP. The Museum also announced that its Executive Director, Tibbie Dunbar, has resigned after almost 12 years leading the institution’s vision, extensive program development and major relocation to DTLA.
Mr. Stultz has assumed a two-year commitment as Board president, effective as of January 12, 2016. Mr. Stultz has been a Board member for seven years and brings 25 years experience in architecture, design and leadership.
“It is a privilege to take on this role at such an exciting time in the Museum's fifteen year history,” said Mr. Stultz. “The potential to build on A+D's growing presence in the national cultural landscape, as well as the energy that is concentrated in downtown LA, presents unprecedented opportunities for exhibitions, programs, and partnerships."
Ms. Dunbar has been an iconic leader for the institution and will be leaving effective February 1, 2016. Ms. Dunbar was appointed director in 2003 by one of the Museum’s founders, Stephen Kanner. In this capacity Ms. Dunbar advanced A+D from a fledging institution to an established landmark, which is now regarded as an anchor of the DTLA Arts District. Ms. Dunbar was instrumental in the success of
such exhibitions as Never Built: Los Angeles, Eames Words, and most recently, Shelter: Rethinking How We Live In Los Angeles. She also shepherded ongoing community programs that include ArKIDtecture, inConversation, Urban Hikes, and the Salon Series with Angeleno Magazine. Ms. Dunbar has accepted a position outside of the museum community.
“Tibbie's leadership has been essential in completing A+D's recent relocation from Museum Row to DTLA, necessitated by Metro expansion,” said John Dale, FAIA, LEED AP principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux and A+D's outgoing board president. “I had the pleasure of working side by side with Tibbie for the past three years, and I cannot imagine a more dedicated partner in realizing the changes the Board put in front of A+D leadership. Her talents and commitment to the Museum will be sorely missed."
The Museum Board of Directors has launched a search for a replacement and is considering interim plans accordingly.
ABOUT A+D MUSEUM
Established in response to the need for a space that would be devoted expressly to the exhibition of progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles, A+D Museum opened its doors in January 2001 in the Bradbury Building, one of downtown Los Angeles’ premiere landmark buildings. Now located in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, A+D continues to be the only museum in Los Angeles where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view. Through exhibits, symposia, multidisciplinary projects, educational and community programming, A+D serves as a showcase for the work of important regional, national and international designers, providing a forum for contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism, and design that are helping to shape the city. Support from corporations, community businesses, foundations and individuals will ensure the continued vitality of what Dwell editor and New York Times contributor Frances Anderton heralded as a “very real force in the city.
A+D MUSEUM VISITOR INFORMATION
For current exhibition and program information call 213-346-9734 or visit www.aplusd.org. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am–5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays. A+D Museum is located at 900 East 4th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Parking is available onsite for free.