Wrecked: Making Archaeology Fun
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Architecture Is Fun is making archaeology fun. The WRECKED salon is immersive and object-based. BY sensitively inserting a contemporary salon into a historic two-story keeper’s home, shipwreck stories are shared through the lens of archaeology.
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
WonderSCAPES Preschool & Early Learning Exhibit
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 at Young At Art Museum 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.
Evanston Public Library: Children’s Library
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.
GreenSCAPES Environmental Education
Through art, children and families can make informed choices that help care and shape our earth. ~ Sharon Exley GreenSCAPES: Where Informed Choices Shape the Earth Within Young At Art Museum’s landscape, the GreenSCAPES gallery, STEAM-based workshops and party room focus on arts-based environmental education. Calling attention to nature’s fragility and how to live lightly on our earth, GreenSCAPES is filled with art-making and responsible decision-making experiences. In hands-on ways, young artists create their own caring relationship with the environment that surrounds them.
Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum
Within the Young At Art Museum, the GreenScapes Gallery teaches young artists to be change agents. Artist Pablo Cano serves as the inspiration and catalyst for recycled art making in two related spaces: Pablo’s Magical Marionette Theater and Pablo’s STEAM Recycled Workshop. Within the grotto-like theater, children, students and families watch fascinating detailed films of Pablo’s creative process, his ability to transform found and discarded objects into mesmerizing puppets, and a series of classic tales, showcasing Pablo’s puppets found on display.
DuPage Children’s Museum
Having fun should be a given for a project as playful and stimulating as the creation of a children’s museum. Our renovation process presented challenges that were addressed collaboratively, creatively, and with quirky good humor. It’s easy for an architectural firm to tell you that they work collaboratively but with this team, the collaborative process was a reality. ~ Susan Broad, Executive Director, DuPage Children’s Museum
Evanston Public Library: Teen Loft
Carving Out Room and Resource For Teens Wow. This is the first time I’ve been in here and I love it! It’s so teenagerish. I really wish my room looked like this! You’re kidding, teens helped design this?! I didn’t know cool stuff like that went on. ~ Evanston High School Senior
Granger Community Church
We had faith in your abilities to deliver world-class facilities. The end result is stunning. ~ Tim Stevens, Executive Pastor Purposeful Play Environments This children’s facility is mission-driven, in both focus and design, fostering purposeful play by using biblical teachings as its foundation.
Exploratory Vista Exploration Station is a 10,000 SF museum inspired by the vision and spirit of this young institution and by the agrarian context of which it is a part. The ad-hoc collection of interconnected barn structures recalls the image of the Mid-Western farm but, through unexpected color combinations, whimsical windows, and a series of other details, it is clearly a container for play and learning. This impression is essential in order that the building be embraced by its community and identifiable to children.