Peter Exley and Sharon Exley, founders of Architecture is Fun. Image courtesy of AIA Chicago.
Architecture is Fun creates architecture through collaborative exploration of new patterns of play and participatory experience. Peter Exley, FAIA, RIBA, and educator/designer Sharon Exley, MAAE, ASID, cofounded Architecture is Fun in 1994 when they noticed a lack of interactive, play-based, and entertainment-centric architecture. Since then, this power couple has dedicated their practice to designing substantive play environments for adults and children.
FUN is a critical part of the firm's design process, and it is this ideology that sets them apart from the rest. Their willingness to innovate and evolve is valued by us and those as the AIA Chicago Foundation. While each of their projects are different, they each share similar goals: beauty, richness, complexity, simplicity, familiarity, accessibility, sustainability and the power of play.
The Cave installation at Young At Art. Image courtesy of Doug Snower Photography.
The leaders of this firm value their team and their clients, and are continually open to hearing new architectural perspectives. Peter and Sharon were recognized at the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party, which took place December 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. Visit the AIA Chicago Facebook page to see photos from the event.