Morey is a Southern California Institute of Architecture– and Harvard Graduate School of Design–educated designer, writer, and theorist. He has served as a discussion moderator at the GSD and is also an editor-at-large for Archinect. Morey teaches design at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and also maintains a practice, Ynotworkshop. Morey also co-founded and is the chief curator of One-Night Stand for Art & Architecture in Los Angeles, an annual exhibition of cutting-edge works by young designers.
In a statement announcing Morey’s tenure, incoming A+D Museum board president Nancy Levens said:
“Fortunately, this is one of those lightning in a bottle moments for A+D. The board consists of idea-driven and dedicated individuals who transformed the passion and energy of a nomadic museum into a fixture of the Arts District and we are committed to bringing it all to the next level. [Morey has] stepped into his role seamlessly. He is already providing the leadership necessary to drive the expansion of A+D’s community relations, exhibits, and programs. His intelligence and enthusiasm for the Museum’s mission are, of course, also invaluable and the best imaginable fit.”
In the same statement, Morey said, “The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more, and the role of the museum—our museum—is to produce a platform to present and promote progressive architecture and design equal to the rigor, enthusiasm, and diversity that exists within the culture we represent.”
Morey takes the helm of A+D Museum following the relatively short tenure of Dora Epstein Jones, who was appointed to lead the museum in 2016 following its move from the Miracle Mile neighborhood to the Los Angeles Arts District. Morey will be the third director for the institution.