Since its start, in 2001, A+D Architecture and Design Museum has been a vagabond, migrating from one donated (i.e.: rent-free) space to another, staying for as long as three years and, once, unexpectedly, a single night. But the museum will finally wrap up that nomadic journey, on April 27, with the opening of its first permanent home, at 6032 Wilshire Boulevard, in Los Angeles.
A+D was the brainchild of Stephen Kanner, FAIA, and Joe Addo, AIA, inspired by a design museum in Finland and their volunteer experience, under Bernard Zimmerman’s visionary leadership, staging large-scale West Week exhibitions at the Pacific Design Center. Their idea for a progressive, grass-roots venue that would bring architecture and its processes to the general public prompted developer Ira Yellin to give A+D its first space, in downtown L.A.’s historic Bradbury Building. The first show (competition entries for Our Lady of Los Angeles Cathedral) drew over 500 visitors its opening day. But, after Yellin’s death, in 2002, the museum had to find new quarters.