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

Kids On The Fly at O’Hare International Airport

Kids On The Fly at O’Hare International Airport

On the Fly Play
Of all the special projects the Department of Aviation has been part of, this is the one that makes me “happy”.
~ Dennis Gurgone, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Department of Aviation, City of Chicago

The Kids On The Fly exhibit is designed to celebrate air travel, presenting young travelers with a hands-on playful introduction to aviation. Beyond its appeal as a welcome relief from airport delays and stopovers, the satellite is envisioned as a cultural amenity that enhances and encourages use of one of the world’s busiest airport.

Chicago Children’s Museum:  Stinking Truth About Garbage

Chicago Children’s Museum: Stinking Truth About Garbage

The Stinking Truth About Garbage greets children and visitors with an educational and engaging exploration into environmental issues. Located in a prominent location, the exhibition is a colorful, simulated landfill. Via stimulating imagery and interactive elements, this environment teaches visitors about problems associated with disposal of solid waste, and introduces practical solutions that can be studied within the exhibit and practiced at home.

Chicago Children’s Museum: My Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum: My Museum

Expressing Identity
My Museum is designed to create hands-on opportunities for personal and intrapersonal expression and exploration. The body-scaled, three-dimensional entry letters entice visitors into a previously underutilized exhibit hall. Spelling out “My Museum” in very varied ways using tactile and diverse materials, these letters represent playful and creative ways to communicate.

Chicago Children’s Museum:  Playmaze

Chicago Children’s Museum: Playmaze

A Cityscape of Play
A fanciful metropolis, Playmaze encourages a child’s imagination in a context-rich and integrated environment. This 1,500 sf city is designed specifically for children under six years of age. Scale, proportion, color, and form create a “mini-city” that is safe while encouraging independence, physical manipulation, and investigation; all of which are essential to a child’s development.

Louisville Science Center:  KidZone

Louisville Science Center: KidZone

Kids Are Natural Scientists
Children are experts at using play to experiment, discover, and inquire. Vehicles of exploration -the city bus, the two-story airplane, the ambulance, and the spaceship – are designed to incorporate role-playing and dramatic play, as well as providing zones for science-based learning.

Garden In A City: Children’s Midway

Garden In A City: Children’s Midway

A Pathway of Hands-on Gardening That Grows On Families
Garden in a City is America’s first garden and landscape design show focusing on urban horticulture. The inaugural season of this in-ground show featured a Children’s Midway where children and families found engaging and educational interactives that relate to the greening of our urban community.

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

A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen

A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen

This City of Chicago installation brought to light the contributions of the pioneering Prairie landscape architect Jens Jensen.

Color In Spaces: Young At Art Museum

Color In Spaces: Young At Art Museum

Sharon Exley was asked to write about her use of color at Young At Art Museum for an upcoming publication by Sendpoints Publishing Company. This excerpt from the feature demonstrates her sophisticated design approach to bringing this artful museum into full color!