Evanston Public Library:  Children’s Library

Evanston Public Library: Children’s Library

Making Room for Growth
With collections exceeding capacity and unanticipated citywide increase in juvenile population, the Evanston Public Library had little room to grow. This challenging renovation reconfigured and re-envisioned the formal library, transforming it into a literary children’s garden of delights.

GreenSCAPES Environmental Education

GreenSCAPES Environmental Education

Through art, children and families can make informed choices that help care and shape our earth.
~ Sharon Exley

GreenSCAPES:  Where Informed Choices Shape the Earth
Within Young At Art Museum’s landscape, the GreenSCAPES gallery, STEAM-based workshops and party room focus on arts-based environmental education. Calling attention to nature’s fragility and how to live lightly on our earth, GreenSCAPES is filled with art-making and responsible decision-making experiences. In hands-on ways, young artists create their own caring relationship with the environment that surrounds them.

Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum

Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum

Within the Young At Art Museum, the GreenScapes Gallery teaches young artists to be change agents. Artist Pablo Cano serves as the inspiration and catalyst for recycled art making in two related spaces: Pablo’s Magical Marionette Theater and Pablo’s STEAM Recycled Workshop. Within the grotto-like theater, children, students and families watch fascinating detailed films of Pablo’s creative process, his ability to transform found and discarded objects into mesmerizing puppets, and a series of classic tales, showcasing Pablo’s puppets found on display.

Rio de Janeiro Entertainment Complex

Rio de Janeiro Entertainment Complex

Lands of Discovery
The Rio de Janeiro Entertainment Complex & Children’s Museum Project, a 2000 square meter children’s entertainment and exploration-based complex was designed as a transformative measure to reclaim the unused rooftop above the bleachers of the highly visible, yet seldom used Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas Rowing Stadium. Taking full advantage of the cultural habit of being outdoors all year round; this family-friendly complex was designed as a living green canopy in which distinct lands of discovery and creativity would flow.

The Vitruvian Kid: Design That Fits Every Child

The Vitruvian Kid: Design That Fits Every Child

Every child we design for and collaborate with is a child of perfect proportions – the ideal child.
~ Sharon and Peter Exley.

Architecture Is Fun’s approach is imaginative, yet pragmatic in nature…they listen and are open to dialogue, problem-solve seemingly with ease, all while providing visionary ideas that will forge new ground for the museum field.
~ Mindy Shrago, Executive Director/CEO, Young At Art

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum

Having fun should be a given for a project as playful and stimulating as the creation of a children’s museum. Our renovation process presented challenges that were addressed collaboratively, creatively, and with quirky good humor. It’s easy for an architectural firm to tell you that they work collaboratively but with this team, the collaborative process was a reality.
~ Susan Broad, Executive Director, DuPage Children’s Museum

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

Faces of Time
For anyone who has ever imagined herself on the cover of Time Magazine, a larger-than-life TIME cover portal allowed museum-goers to be the new cover story. This playful element attracted visitors into the traveling exhibit gallery while introducing historical content. Sequences of cover portraits in various media, arranged chronologically and thematically, grouped protagonists in often-provocative relationships befitting the news media.

Roxaboxen: Building Landscapes of Learning

Roxaboxen: Building Landscapes of Learning

Alice McLerran’s story Roxaboxen, captures childhood in a way we all seem to remember. The long endless hours of play, the ability to shape your own world, and a place where imagination can take you anywhere. The evocative imagery by Barbara Cooney captures these moments exquisitely. Roxaboxen children are children everywhere.

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center’s 15000 SF building is nestled within the wooded acreage of Topeka’s Gage Park, which encourages interaction indoors and out-of-doors.

Peanut Butter Grille

Peanut Butter Grille

Dining for Hungry Kids
Peanut Butter Grille is a prototypical concept developed for an established restaurateur, who saw a need to provide healthy sustenance for family dining. The deliberately entertaining concept focuses on the child as the guest, who happens to bring mom and dad along to the irresistible world on the Peanut Butter Grille.