Peter Exley Inaugurated as AIA 2021 President

The American Institute of Architects has inaugurated Peter Exley, FAIA, as its 97th president.

“While I’m not naïve to the challenges our profession, industry and society have been dealt in the face of the pandemic, I would like my tenure in 2021 to facilitate hope,” said Exley. “Architects have a critical role to play in helping our society create a healthy and prosperous world that promotes racial justice and moves the needle on climate action. I am optimistic about the difference architects can make with our colleagues in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry to address the issues of our time.”

Exley has served AIA in a number of roles, including as the at-large-director on the AIA board; chair of the AIA’s Public Outreach Committee; 2013 president of AIA Chicago; Illinois regional representative to the Strategic Council and liaison to the AIA’s Young Architects Forum.

He is the co-founder and director of architecture, design and consulting firm Architecture Is Fun, Inc., which is based in Chicago. The practice is centered on elevating the standards of design for learning and play environments for children, families and communities. Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Exley has also been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years.

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Posted December 11, 2020

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