Peter Exley FAIA has established an internationally recognized practice of 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, honored with the AIA Chicago Firm of the Year Award. Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Peter has also been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 25 years.

Peter has served the AIA in several roles, including president of AIA Chicago, Illinois regional representative to the Strategic Council, chair of the Public Outreach Committee, member of the board Government Advocacy committee, and as a liaison to the Young Architects Forum. He is currently serving as Director At Large on the national board of AIA (2017-2019). On June 6, 2019, at the A’19 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas, he was elected to be the 97th President of the American Institute of Architects.

Architecture Is Fun, Inc.
Co-Founder and Director of Architecture; Chicago, 1994-present.
Venturi Scott Brown & Associates
Philadelphia, 1988-90.
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Chicago and London, 1985-87.

Licensed architect in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Adjunct Professor, 1992-present. 

PechaKucha Night Chicago
Organizer, 2007-present.

American Institute of Architects
Director At Large – AIA National Board, 2017-2019.
Illinois Regional Representative; Strategic Council, 2015-2016.
Chair; Board Public Outreach Committee, 2014-2015, 2018-2019.
Committee Member; Board Public Outreach Committee, 2014-2019.
Committee Member; Government Advocacy Committee, 2018-2019.
Board Liaison; Young Architects Forum, 2015-2016.
President of the Board of Directors; AIA Chicago, 2013.
Vice President: Honors and Awards; AIA Chicago, 2010-11.
Director; AIA Chicago, 1996, 2010-2014.

Master of Architecture; University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
BA (First Class Hons.) Architectural Studies; University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1985.