Peter Exley FAIA RIBA
Peter Exley, FAIA RIBA established an internationally recognized practice of architecture for children, families, and communities. His studio elevates the standards of design for public space, learning, and play environments. Peter is co-founder of Architecture Is Fun, a Chicago-based architecture, design, and consulting firm.
The Questioneers at DuPage Children’s Museum
With a nod to mid-century modernism, the design of the DuPage Children’s Museum Questioneers exhibit brings the popular book characters – Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, Sofia Valdez, and Aaron Slater – to life in hands-on ways! Visitors engage in STEM activities alongside their favorite characters, who offer inspiration, passion, and perseverance.
Sharon Exley and Peter Exley bring creativity and thought leadership to their work, their mentorship, strategic planning, writing, and speaking. The playmakers and principals participate in national and local conferences, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions to share the educative process and notions of participatory design to the greater architectural, design, educational and industry-centric communities.
Architecture Is Fun
Architecture Is Fun Makes Everyday Life FUN!We listen and engage with clients and communities to develop relevant public spaces and meaningful experiences.
Please Invite Us! Thank you for reaching out to us about speaker engagements. Please let us know if you would like the design duo of Sharon and Peter Exley to speak, or an individual member of the team. We also facilitate workshops on architecture, storytelling, creativity, public space, and sustainable cities of our future.
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.
What Keeps a Great Music Venue Great?
Rock ‘n’ roll addicts, we’ve spent many formative and memorable evenings, ear plugs in place, at renown rock venues. The best venues seem to have as Gibson Guitars so eloquently wrote: “…a raggedly dilapidated quality that feels part and parcel of rock music itself.” So when renovating a venue as we’re doing right now, how do we retain its inherent authenticity, vibe, and heritage?
We Are AIA Chicago Firm of the Year!
Architecture Is Fun named AIA Chicago Firm of the Year is honored for their commitment to FUN, collaboration and their designs for “deeply humanistic and courageous” projects.
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
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…