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Peter Exley, FAIA, and Sharon Exley, MAAE, ASID

Architecture Is Fun

Collectively, Peter Exley, FAIA, and Sharon Exley, MAAE, ASID, are architects, designers, teachers, authors and generators of good ideas; together they have amassed an impressive portfolio of architecture, interiors, branded environments and purposeful play. Specializing in educative design for visionary clients, their firm, Architecture Is Fun, collaborates with churches, museums, libraries, early learning facilities, schools and entertainment-based attractions to create meaningful environments relevant to their communities, in the United States and internationally.

LATEST ENTRY / Posted in Architecture Is Fun on April 18, 2017 1:34 pm EDT

In Honor of Earth Day 2017: Architects Advocate

Architecture and design professionals join the movement to advocate for climate change legislation. Read more >>

 
 

PREVIOUS ENTRIES

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on October 12, 2016 1:26 pm EDT

Children’s Ministry Design: Story, System and Surprise

First and foremost, a children's ministry must speak to kids. Here, how design can help facilitate that communication.  Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on June 28, 2016 9:07 am EDT

A Child’s Best Hour: Why Churches Must Value the Experiential

From murals to illustration to all that is experiential -- art can resonate with children and families for its uplifting, friendly nature. And as designers and creators of children's spaces, we can help drive home this truth. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on April 20, 2016 10:24 am EDT

Get Clad at Coverings2016: The Global Tile & Stone Experience

The Coverings tradeshow landed in Chicago this week, April 18-21, 2016, at McCormick Place, bringing more than 20,000 industry professionals, 100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, and at least nine miles of the latest trends and traditions in tile and stone.  Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on February 9, 2016 10:07 am EST

Floods and Faith: Restoring an Innovative Museum

Problems happen with projects. It's what we do with them and how we respond that makes a difference -- for the client, the project, and for ourselves.  Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on November 23, 2015 4:40 pm EST

Ink Evangelism Helps Clients Plug in to the Here and Now

As an architect or designer, why should you get to have all the fun? Some ideas to give your clients free reign to self-expression. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on August 25, 2015 8:59 am EDT

A Promised Land for Kids: Part 2

Thoughts on architecture, design, and budget allowances for children's spaces in the church setting. And a question: Why aren't churches fundraising specifically for children's spaces? Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on June 11, 2015 10:56 am EDT

A Promised Land for Kids: Part I

Designers describe an especially promising, and stalled, children's church project -- as well as the outlook that propels them forward to new challenges. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on April 21, 2015 5:09 am EDT

The Past is Our Shared Future

"How will we know it's us without our past?" -- John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath; designer Sharon Exley shares a recap of the Chicago gathering of the Society of Architectural Historians, celebrating the group's 75th anniversary. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on March 2, 2015 4:37 pm EST

Color Is Heroic

Designer Sharon Exley shares her thoughts on the importance, fun and boldness of experimenting with color in one's work -- and everywhere else. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on January 13, 2015 9:48 am EST

Top 10 Resolutions for 2015 Children’s Space Design

Architects Peter and Sharon Exley share ideas to help fuel a child's creativity and nurture her gifts in 2015. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on October 12, 2014 12:32 pm EDT

Show and Tell for the Masses: PechaKucha

Does the key to future community-tailored church design lie in PechaKucha? Check out our exclusive peer blog. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on August 28, 2014 2:26 pm EDT

All Googly-Eyed

God is in the details of Frank Lloyd Wright's Administration Building in Racine, Wis. The building is packed with architectural elements that project positive energy. Question: Does your workspace inspire you? Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on July 28, 2014 2:56 pm EDT

What’s Cooking?

... a well-equipped commercial kitchen can help a ministry of any size become self-sustaining, as well as reinforcing concepts of community. Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on June 23, 2014 3:46 pm EDT

Making Good: #NationOfMakers #MadeThis #Makerspace #SacredSpaces #STEM #STEAM

As designers and professors, we are often the tinkerers and early adopters of technologies and tools.... Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on May 27, 2014 10:36 am EDT

God Is In The Details: #BIM

#SmartArchitects #TheFuture #SacredSpaces. What role do you play? Read more >>

 
 

Posted in Architecture Is Fun on April 24, 2014 11:15 am EDT

God is in the Details

Bloggers Peter and Sharon Exley share insight into design, collaboration, and God's work within our own.  Read more >>