Architecture Is Fun Is Firm of the Year!

Architecture Is Fun Is Firm of the Year!

Honored for their commitment to FUN and collaboration in the “deeply humanistic and courageous” projects the studio designs, Architecture Is Fun has been named the AIA Chicago Firm of the Year.  Established in 1991, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in the body of work, consistent excellence, and ongoing contributions of the firm to the advancement of the architectural profession.

Furniture Objects By Architects Pop-Up #FOBA

Furniture Objects By Architects Pop-Up #FOBA

In conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, AIA Chicago transformed a storefront on the 3rd floor of Block37 shopping mall into a memorable temporary pop-up of Functional Objects by Architects (FOBA). Inspired by visitor-minded concepts of open storage, architecture in the form of industrial shelving, a straightforward layout, bold wall graphics, and a curated collection of 27 objects, helped transition a generic gallery into a design destination.

Wrecked!

Wrecked!

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Immersive and object-based, WRECKED sensitively inserts a contemporary salon and stylized sandbar into a historic two-story keeper’s home, sharing shipwreck stories through the lens of archaeology.

DuPage Children’s Museum Renovation

DuPage Children’s Museum Renovation

We did it, the reviews are in and we received a 5 star rating…There were audible gasps of joy and delight.  Everyone came together and with one big push…..we were open!  Thank you for the passion, the hard work and the commitment that had us looking so beautiful at 4:00 today.  The Mayor was truly moved and just in awe of what were able to do in a few months.
~ Sarah Orleans, President & CEO, DuPage Children’s Museum

Hotel X Design Showcase

Hotel X Design Showcase

Dressing A Showcase in Stone

Materiality plays a big role in the functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic of public and private spaces for home, culture, and play. Designing a Coverings’16 Showcase was an opportunity to play with material goods, disrupt the norm, and highlight stone products to reflect a sense of place and playful spirit in a boutique hotel lobby.

Architecture Is Fun

Architecture Is Fun

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.

Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity

Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity

Creativity is a place you and your child should go.
~ Sharon Exley.

In Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 32, Sharon Exley presents her top ten of how creativity, challenge, adventure and more is nurtured in children, which shows why apples don’t fall far from trees (via her own brave and artful explorer daughter Emma).

Chicago Paddle Company

Chicago Paddle Company

Boards in a Box
In its inaugural season at Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, the Chicago Paddle Company needed an efficient and affordable way to launch a park district-approved rental and storage station. With YOLO (You Only Live Once) branded boards and sentiment, the Paddle project highlights the adventurous paddle boarder lifestyle and builds awareness of this fast-growing watersport. Container architecture became the resilient, recycled, and recyclable seasonal solution for transforming a bleak stretch of beach into a hub of paddleboarding, family fun, and fitness. 

Architects Advocate
What Keeps a Great Music Venue Great?

What Keeps a Great Music Venue Great?

Rock ‘n’ roll addicts, we’ve spent many formative and memorable evenings, ear plugs in place, at renown rock venues. The best venues seem to have as Gibson Guitars so eloquently wrote: “…a raggedly dilapidated quality that feels part and parcel of rock music itself.”
So when renovating a venue as we’re doing right now, how do we retain its inherent authenticity, vibe, and heritage?