Architecture Is Fun makes everyday life fun. The studio’s ethos is based on the idea that architecture is one of the gateways to a more empathetic and equitable future. Sharon and Peter Exley believe making accessible places of learning, living, working, play, and fun to be indispensable for human growth and development. And they like to share these notions via Architecture Is Fun’s publications and research.
Architecture Is Fun’s two monographs, widely available, help share the studio’s process and and how critical participatory design and storytelling are to achieving impactful and memorable projects.
Authored by Sharon Exley and Peter Exley
In a follow-up to the Design for Kids (Images Publishing, 2007), in Architecture is Fun Sharon Exley and Peter Exley demonstrate their ethos that architecture is one of the gateways to a more empathetic and equitable future. They believe making accessible places of learning, living, working, and playing is indispensable for human growth and development. This beautifully presented second monograph illustrates a nexus of architecture, education, community, and experience from the practice of Architecture Is Fun.
Architecture Is Fun, published in 2021, is actively selling in the US, Europe, Russia, Brazil, India, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other Asia/Pacific locales.
Authored by Sharon Exley & Peter Exley
In this first compendium of the work and process of Architecture Is Fun, Inc., Sharon and Peter Exley share their remarkable educative design philosophy and demonstrate its application in an enchanting variety of projects designed specifically for children. These multi-layered, flexible, kinetic environments inspire intuitive and unpredictable interaction, and harness the power of play through architecture of complexity, familiarity, beauty, and richness.
Design for Kids, published in 2007, sold in the US, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other Asia/Pacific locales.
“What a wonderful romp through the newly hallowed halls of the children’s museum trends of the past decade and a half! This hefty, profusely illustrated book by Sharon Exley and Peter Exley – an often-imitated design team that has been at the forefront of children’s museum development – takes us on a detailed tour of 44 of their built and unbuilt projects, encompassing all kinds of public environments for children. Design for Kids stands on its own, offering a rare quality of design for children’s learning environments…readers in the museum community will see inspirations for learning environments and a resource to turn to for future development. ”~ Kevin Owens, Architect & Book Reviewer, University of Pennsylvania