Visionary, Inventor, Problem-Solver: The Life of an Architect
Peter Exley - Co-Founder of Architecture is Fun
Architects are visionaries whose designs bring purpose to places, bring communities together, and can be a catalyst for life-changing experiences. As past President of the American Institute of Architects and Co-Founder of Architecture is Fun, Peter Exley designs spaces for mission-driven organizations to help them tell their story and have a positive impact on students, families and communities.
In this episode, we talk all things architecture - the perfect combination of STEM skills and artistic craft. Learn about the importance of vision, design and purpose in physical spaces. Hear about what it's like to be an architect. And even hear the surprising answer to our question: what kind of skills and personality make for a great architect?
3 Big Takeaways from this episode:
- Digitization is changing architecture, too: Technology has evolved the way architects envision, design and edit their work. Modern architecture is a combination of hand-drawn art and digital design. We discuss how technology is disrupting design, like how architects use software to update designs and renderings on the spot to help clients visualize the future of their building.
- The right design can revitalize a community and help people find their purpose: Through his work designing children's museums, Peter has seen architecture bring small towns together, revive main street communities, and create safe, inviting spaces where children find their passion and purpose. It's these life-changing moments that remind us that the right spaces help organizations share their values and tell their story.
- There's a place for any person in architecture: That's right - architecture isn't just for the left-brained or right-brained. Architecture is a rewarding, purpose-fulling career for those who want to design, envision and realize the future. And it can be for anyone! Whether you're a mathematical, precise, strategic organizer or a creative, artistic visionary, there is a place in architecture for you.
To learn more about Peter Exley and Architecture is fun, visit their website: architectureisfun.com
To learn about the work of the American Institute of Architects, visit: aia.org
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