About - Open House Dublin 2024

Open House Dublin is a free festival of architecture with 200+ events taking place each October and the flagship architecture festival of the Irish Architecture Foundation. Established in 2005, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is Ireland’s independent organisation for the advancement of culture and communication of architecture to audiences. 

In 2024 the Open House Dublin festival will take place in Dublin city and county over 9 days, starting with an Open House Junior weekend with workshops, tours and activities dedicated to young people and families. Our programme for this year will include tours, talks, exhibitions, films and the full list of events will be announced early September.

The IAF is an ambitious organisation, one which is committed to demonstrating the relevance and power of architecture in our everyday lives. Architecture is of interest to all people, as all people live in the company of the built environment. Lives are formed and informed by the buildings we build, the homes in which we live, the schools in which we learn, and the pitch on which we play. The IAF has a role to advocate for the highest quality, most sustainable built environment and to empower people to find their own voice and to play their own part in the formation and care of the built world around them. It is a role we take seriously. It is a role that drives the IAF forward.

The invaluable support of our Friends, supporters, building owners, architects, collaborators and volunteers make Open House Dublin possible, and it is with their continued generosity, expertise, passion and advocacy that the IAF will continue to deliver and grow the festival in the future, creating a space for all people to contribute, to learn and to have their voices and stories reflected in the creation of their city. 

If you are interested in supporting the work we do as a Friend or Sponsor we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at development@architecturefoundation.ie or call us at +353 (01) 874 7200.

Learn more about the IAF at http://www.architecturefoundation.ie

We deliver programmes to all ages nationally and create innovative and exciting events like Open House that keep Architecture at the forefront of Ireland’s cultural landscape. IAF Friends are the heart of what we do. You can support the IAF as an individual or a company.

Choose the IAF Friends Plan that suits you and enjoy the benefits of being part of one of Ireland’s most exciting and original cultural organisations. Or spread the love and give the gift of IAF Friendship, and inspire your friends and family with the gift of a whole year of unique IAF experiences.

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The Irish Architecture Foundation is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage and the Office of Public Works.

Learn more about the Open House Dublin architecture festival and our impact in 2023

OHD 2023 Impact Report

Open House Dublin will return 12-24 October 2024. All Open House events are Free of charge. Our programme is a mix of guided tours and events that need to be pre-booked on the website and guided tours and events which are open for you to join at dedicated times over the weekend.

If you have a building, project or event that you feel would be a great addition to the Open House programme please contact Open House Dublin Manager, Karen Lee Walpole to chat further at +353 (0)87 465 2252 or email openhouse@architecturefoundation.ie

Each year more than two hundred people volunteer their time and skills to help us bring Open House Dublin to thousands of people across the city and county. Many volunteers have been with us since the beginning and have an abundance of knowledge and expertise about the city, its architecture and the stories and histories that make Dublin unique. 

Volunteering with Open House offers new experiences and skills, as well as providing a great opportunity to learn more about architecture, the built environment and to share your knowledge and interests with others. Volunteering with Open House Dublin also qualifies for CPD points.

We will be recruiting volunteers for Open House Dublin 2024 in the coming months. Volunteers will be invited to register using Better Impact software which we use to manage volunteer applications and scheduling for the festival.

In the meantime if you would like to chat more to the team about volunteering opportunities this year or would like to register your interest early please call us at +353 (01) 874 7200 or email volunteers@architecturefoundation.ie

If you have volunteered in previous years you may also apply to our European Volunteer Exchange Programme. The closing date for applications for 2024 is 6pm 18 February.

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