Young At Art Museum

Young At Art Museum

EVERYONE (850,000 visitors since opening) 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, Young At Art Museum 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”.

Using Technology and BIM to Tell Stories

Long ago, we invested in Vectorworks and in using BIM Software as more than just a design and production tool; clearly we use it to tell compelling stories. Thanks Vectorworks for adding us to your success story series!

Playing with Laminate Design

Playing with Laminate Design

Wilsonart X Me

Hot off the press!  Sharon Exley’s touting one of Architecture Is Fun’s favorite products, Wilsonart custom laminates, in full page ads found in Contract Magazine, Design: Retail, Metropolis Magazine and Hospitality Design magazine!

Frost Art Museum

Frost Art Museum

The renovated family gallery is “super chill,” designed to be worthy of a child’s curiosity and adult admiration, demonstrating everyone is hard-wired for creativity. The whiteness of the space serves as a blank slate for artistic expression and media exploration, from new-age technologies, including a Smart Table™, projector and iPads, to traditional art-making. It is an environment rich in evocative objects and commissioned art installations that inspire active learning, choices, and social engagement. Both orientation and terminus, the discovery gallery is “the place” that frames museum visits.

CODAworx Names Bonner Heritage Farm as Placemaker

CODAworx Names Bonner Heritage Farm as Placemaker

CODAworx features the Bonner Heritage Farm at Lake County Forest Preserves in the latest Flipboard issue of CODAmagazine alongside the amazing Storefront for Art and Architecture Situation Room. 

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

Engaging the Community
The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is a community energizer, bringing local business and community leaders together to create play and learning in a safe and healthy environment for all children. The expansion transformed a former Pick ‘n Save into a destination within the Waterfront District, now filling 22,000 SF with public spaces that engage, S.T.E.A.M. Classrooms, exhibits that cross disciplines and an outdoor space built by the community.

Happy Face Collection

Happy Face Collection

Born In Brooklyn™
We’re thrilled to announce our The Happy Face Collection, part of the Born In Brooklyn Private Label. The collection is produced and sold via  Fun Finders.

We see furniture and interactive elements for play and learning as objects of delight; saying to children “this is for you!”.

God Is In The Details: Lego™ as Theology

God Is In The Details: Lego™ as Theology

Winters in Chicago are long. Housebound over bleak weekends and chilly evenings, we began to entertain ourselves with creative projects. Our favorite activity has been assembling the Lego Architecture kits, historic sites and contemporary masterpieces, which we’d collected as each limited edition set had been released. Our penchant for play and a belief that busy hands are happy hands led us to construct replicas by Frank Lloyd Wright, Sir Charles Barry, James Hoban, SOM, Mies van der Rohe and others—and we were warmed by the delight we found in building together.

Playmakers

Playmakers

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!

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Form Follows Beauty

Form Follows Beauty

Form Follows Beauty, was presented in a fall PechaKucha by our very own Peter Exley, FAIA. Listen as Peter speaks about the relationship between art, design, architecture, lines, curves, and sensuality as well as the feminine form. Peter shows and tells – chit chatting about his artwork, created using what many would consider an unconventional tool.