Mr. Peter Exley, FAIA

Architecture Is Fun, Inc.

Contact Details

Architecture Is Fun, Inc.
Chicago, IL


Peter Exley has established an internationally recognized practice of award-winning architecture for children, families, and communities, elevating the standards of design for learning and play environments. He is the co-founder of Architecture Is Fun, a Chicago-based architecture, design, and consulting firm. Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Peter has also been a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 25 years.

He will serve as the 97th President of the American Institute of Architects in 2021. 

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown note that the projects of Architecture Is Fun are “work of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth”.


University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
MArch, 1990
1988 To 1990
Advisor: Steven Izenour

University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
BA (Hons), 1985
Architectural Studies
1982 To 1985

Job History

Architecture Is Fun, Inc.
Founder and Director of Architecture
Chicago, IL, United States
January 1994 - present

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Adjunct Professor
Chicago, IL, United States
January 1992 - present

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates
Philadelphia, PA, United States
July 1988 - July 1990

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Chicago and London
September 1985 - October 1987