Peter Exley, FAIA

Peter Exley takes fun seriously. Peter has established an internationally recognized practice of architecture for children, families, and communities, which elevates the standards of design for learning and play environments.



Peter listens to kids, clients, and communities. This multi-disciplinary approach is what distinguishes Architecture Is Fun and helps create safe, engaging projects that immerse children and families in play and exploration. As the firm’s co-founder with over 25 years of experience, Peter leads the design effort, from initial concept through project realization. As the direct point of contact for project design and development, he assures that projects meet their pragmatic, quantifiable criteria: accessibility, program, budget, and schedule. Listening to the needs of children, clients, and communities, Peter considers criteria of a qualitative nature, the inspirational and developmental. Using all three criteria to inform design sets Peter’s work apart, creating projects in which children are inspired to play and learn.

It is all about looking at the world with child-like wonder and understanding. Peter is an architect, Fellow, professor, artist, author and parent. He uses these forums as a living laboratory vital to the methodology of educative design, sharing passion and practice with clients and communities, students and colleagues. Champion of childhood, Peter creates archetypical learning environments and architecture for children that is recognized for the fun, education, accessibility, play, and family interaction that they provide. Through his practice, Peter nurtures a consciousness of design as a lifelong expectation and pursuit.

Peter Exley chit-chats. Video courtesy of  Mark and Linda Keane, AIA, NCARB on Vimeo – check our colleagues out at


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