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Peter Exley

Architect, Architecture Is Fun in Chicago United States

Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized architecture and design practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Professor in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago, was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago and sits on the national Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects..

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Leeds, Leeds, Leeds, Cheap Trick, Leeds

@ VOL 12 ON DEC 01, 2009

Some people found it important for Haiti to share glimpses of what drives them, what inspires them and what obsesses them.Thanks Peter, thanks Rick! Peter organizes PechaKucha Chicago with Thorsten Bösch and their great team - Peter also runs the awesome Architecture is Fun office with Sharon Exley.

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Form Follows Beauty

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 01, 2009

In Form Follows Beauty from PechaKucha Night Chicago, Peter Exley talks about the relationship between art, design, architecture, lines, and sensuality as well as the feminine form. He also displays some of his artwork he created using an unconventional tool.

This was Presentation of the Day on February 17th, 2017. 

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Collecting Autographs

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Parents are nostalgic for stuff they did as kids and wish that today's children shared the same passions.  Of course, kids today are on to cooler things.  As a child, Peter Exley collected autographs from entertainers, athletes and other celebrities.  In adulthood, he's a little more focused, and nudges famous architects to sign books, napkins and drawings.  He observes that kids today don't have autograph books anymore.

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Things Kids Don't Do Anymore

@ VOL 1 ON AUG 14, 2014

Peter Exley, organizer of PKN Chicago, reminisces about a childhood trip to Greece! 

Goes into depth on his trip to Greece, and the travel journal he kept as a child. 

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My Trusty Sketchbook

@ AIA 2013 CONVENTION (JUNE 20) ON JUN 20, 2013

Peter Exley speaks about the art and stories flowing out of his lively sketchbook. He travels all across Italy with his family, skteching the arcitecture and capturing the culture in his book.

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Transforming our Landscapes and Public Spaces

@ VOL 15 ON SEP 07, 2010

The ultimate collaborator, Peter Schaudt FASLA (1959-2015) shares before and after images of his poetic and transformational landscapes across North America.  And cannot resist mentioning his beloved Chicago Cubs.

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The Importance of Drawing [on Your Child’s School Lunch Bag]

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

“Research has illustrated that 90% of us will do almost all of the drawings we will make in our lifetime before the age of 10. That’s the threshold we pass when someone tells us that we aren't good at art or math or science.”

In The Importance of Drawing [on Your Child’s School Lunch Bag] from PechaKucha Night Batavia’s first volume, Speaker Peter Exley discusses the importance of thoughtful and deliberate sketches. We all spent time in our youth expressing ourselves through drawing. At some point, many of us turned our attentions to things less creative. Peter did not. Here’s why.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016. 

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Windy City vs The Big Apple

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“You're gonna find out once and for all, which is the most brilliant PechaKucha City, and it's either Chicago or New York."

Come one, come all to the smackdown event of the evening; Windy City VS the Big Apple.  On the left we have Peter Exley representing Chicago weighing in at 37 PKN volumes.  On the right we have Emma Exley representing New York weighing in at 8 PKN volumes. Let the mach begin!

Brought to you by PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th Volume.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, April 8th, 2016.

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The Art Of Tidying

@ VOL 37 ON MAR 01, 2016

Sharon Exley thinks her home needs purging of clutter.  She reads up on house cleaning strategies, and then gives a bunch of stuff away during PechaKucha Night Chicago Volume 37.  Peter Exley provides some assistance.

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Learning From Robert Venturi

@ VOL 47 ON SEP 19, 2018

On learning of the passing of his mentor Robert Venturi, Peter Exley shares  intimacies of his everyday life, and the omnipotence of this influence.

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Show me the child, and I will Show You The Man

@ VOL 0 ON OCT 31, 2018

Peter Exley shares some of his childhood collections and his inability to purge.

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Joe "Jaws" Jordan, and other tales of English Football

@ VOL 48 ON DEC 12, 2018

In a follow up on his presentation on English football players' haircuts, Peter Exley makes observations on dental absence and alignment among the protagonists of the world's most popular sport.

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Chicago @ Martyrs'
Jun 20, 2019

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Chicago @ Martyrs'
Dec 12, 2018

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Chicago @ Eastlake Studio
Oct 31, 2018