Bursting with Color:  Architecture Is Fun Wins HUE Award

Bursting with Color: Architecture Is Fun Wins HUE Award

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.

Solar Charging Canopies

Solar Charging Canopies

Sharing Energy
Car-sharing is transformed in this design of connected nodes of community engagement, where interactive solar-powered electric vehicle charging canopies beckon as vibrant public space.

WonderSCAPES Preschool & Early Learning Exhibit

WonderSCAPES Preschool & Early Learning Exhibit

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 at Young At Art Museum 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.

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Kids here have been through so much, parents losing jobs and homes, factories and schools closing, that a vibrant, exciting, entertaining and educational place just for them took on greater urgency. Community leaders had long believed that the region needed more positive, interactive activities for young families as a way of improving the area’s quality of life and making it more attractive to people and businesses looking to relocate. A compelling museum in the heart of the city helped achieve that goal.
~ Angela Barris, Museum President & CEO

The Architecture Is Fun Team

The Architecture Is Fun Team

Who We Are:
Architecture Is Fun, Inc. develops award-winning architecture, interiors, exhibits, and interpretive experiences.
 Specializing in educative design™ for visionary clients, Architecture Is Fun collaborates with restaurants, performance facilities, museums, science centers, libraries, parks, and entertainment-based attractions to create meaningful play and learning environments that are relevant, here in the United States and internationally.

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.

The Cave at Young At Art

The Cave at Young At Art

Education Pavilion & Orientation Theatre
Young At Art Museum is an innovative art museum geared to children and families featuring an art cave for using art for learning.

Children’s Museum of Austin – The Thinkery

Children’s Museum of Austin – The Thinkery

Song of Korea Traveling Initiative

Song of Korea, an evocative and engaging exhibit, brings Korea’s sounds, rhythms, and traditions to a national audience of children’s museum visitors. Funded by the Freeman Foundation, this traveling exhibit provides opportunities to explore one of Asia’s cultures in a hands-on, interactive way.