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.
“EVERYONE (25,000+ by week 5) visiting YAA is incredibly amazed with the exhibitions and the YAA 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, the Young At Art Museum in Davie, Florida 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”.
“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.
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“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 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. DeLoss McGraw, whose version of Alice in Wonderland won the Illustrator’s Society Book of the Year Award, brings Lewis Carroll’s endearing and enduring classic to life through his own imagery.
“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
Architecture Is Fun Designs Wallpaper for Studio Printworks
Characters, color and charm. Sharon and Peter Exley have a flair for adding fun and play to every environment and product they design. Inspired by Roberto Burle Marx’s mosaic sidewalks in Rio de Janeiro, Peter’s Pavers is their first wallpaper release, introduced as part of the Studio Printworks Great Contemporary Artists Collection.
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.