The summer issue Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago (page 168) perches Sharon and Peter atop the Carson Pirie Scott Building, 12 floors above State Street. Editor Diana Tychsen Bitting nailed our story, photographer Katrina Wittkamp captured the moment and some delicious Louis Sullivan ornament and our city served as our backdrop. Cool!
“Work of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth.”
~ Robert Venturi FAIA FRIBA and Denise Scott Brown RIBA, Int. FRIBA
on the work of Architecture Is Fun.
Design makes a difference.
Architecture Is Fun listens and engages with you to develop places, spaces and experiences that are relevant for you. We like good ideas and having fun.
Playmakers Sharon Exley, MAAE and Peter Exley, FAIA, of the colorful design studio of Architecture is Fun, Chicago, have been named as Benjamin Moore HUE® Award Winners for Contract Interiors. The prestigious award is bestowed annually for a passionate and meaningful use of color in design.
“EVERYONE (25,000+ by week 5) visiting YAA is incredibly amazed with the exhibitions and the Young At Art Museum experience! Thank you to Architecture Is Fun for their creative vision and artful design that assists in defining YAA!”
~ Mindy Shrago, Executive Director/CEO, Young At Art
Shifting the museum paradigm, the Young At Art Museum in Davie, Florida takes a sophisticated design approach to bridging the gap between an adult art museum and a children’s museum. The art museum for children features 22,000 SF of exhibit space designed by Architecture Is Fun, rich in branded environments, art installations and art-making opportunities. The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation says that Young At Art Museum is ”one of South Florida’s most transformative arts initiatives”.
“Pixar-like, not Disney-esque.” ~ Dr. Dan Weissbluth, Weissbluth Pediatrics.
Old-Fashioned Attentiveness, Forward-Thinking Healthcare Design
“Pixar-like, not Disney-esque”, was the mantra that surfaced from the start of the healthcare design of this pediatric project. Renovating a high-rise office meant rethinking an emerging practice as a branded environment. Patient experience begins online, is enhanced during office visits, and continues by modeling healthy attitudes at home.
Converting a Multiplex Cinema
Having made a huge investment in converting a cinema into their new home, Calvary Assembly Church wondered if Phase One would have enough appeal and presence to make that critical first impression and function well, servicing a growing congregation.
“…a project that appeals to adults while delighting children.”
~ Neal David, AIA, Vice President, Lincoln Park Zoo.
“Tucked right in the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo is a building containing the canopy climbing adventure. Is it awesome? It’s pretty awesome.
~ Linda Marisicano, Blogger and Parent, Babble Chicago.
“Architecture Is Fun was perfect for this project.”
~ Mindy Shrago, Executive Director, Young At Art
A Young At Art Wonderland of Early Learning: Where Imagination Begins
WonderSCAPES is an arts and play-based environment with a certified preschool dedicated to early childhood development and early learners, ages four and under. The exhibit gallery and preschool are born from the collaboration of the poetic vision of award-winning illustrator DeLoss McGraw and the creative interpretation of Architecture Is Fun. DeLoss McGraw, whose version of Alice in Wonderland won the Illustrator’s Society Book of the Year Award, brings Lewis Carroll’s endearing and enduring classic to life through his own imagery.