About - Open House Dublin 2022



Open House Dublin is a free festival of architecture with 100+ guided tours, films, exhibitions and events taking place across the city from 14-16 October. Brought to you by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin celebrates great architecture, urban design and the people that contribute to the creation of built Dublin.

Open House Dublin is part of the Open House Worldwide international network of 50 organisations hosting festivals and conversations about architecture, design and cities across the globe from Lagos to Taipei, and New York to Santiago. We are uniquely positioned to take the lead on public engagement, discourse and debate in architecture and city-making in Dublin.

This year we return to more in person tours and events alongside a rich programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions and films. We have a junior programme for young people and families and have worked to improve the accessibility of our events. Join us for expertly guided tours of buildings old and new, an outdoor programme of walking, boating and cycling tours and outdoor drop in film screenings at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.

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

Prebook events
These events open for booking at 10am 21 September. You can book your place through the website. All prebook events are subject to a non cancellation fee and you will be asked to provide card details for this purpose. This is because these tours have limited spaces and we want to make sure as many people as possible get to experience Open House. You will be asked to cancel online within 48hrs of the event if you cannot attend or contact the OHD team at +353 (0)1 8747203.

Drop in events
These tours and events do not require booking in advance. As spaces for each tour are limited to ensure you have the best experience, there will be queueing required but it’s worth it!  Remember to check the website for exact locations and times of each event.

My OHD festival planner
You can create an account to better plan your Open House Weekend. You can access My OHD at  MY OHD festival planner

Open House Volunteers
Experienced and skilled Open House Volunteers will be at each location to assist you and to answer any questions you may have. Volunteers are responsible for managing queues and looking after visitors. Please be respectful to our Volunteers.

Contact Open House Dublin
You can contact the Open House team by phone at +353 (0)1 8747203

Open House Dublin Volunteers
Each year more than two hundred people volunteer for Open House Dublin. Many 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.

Volunteer with Open House Dublin
We are seeking volunteer tour guides and stewards to help the Irish Architecture Foundation deliver a packed programme of expertly guided tours of buildings and spaces across the city.

Volunteering with Open House offers new experiences and skills, as well as providing a great opportunity to learn more about architecture and the built environment and to share your knowledge and interests with others. Volunteers will have priority access to events over OHD weekend (exceptions apply) and Architects can claim CPD points.

This year all tour guides will receive bespoke training on audience engagement, tour delivery and accessibility awareness. Our volunteering opportunities are flexible. You can also volunteer as a steward or to help out at OHD HQ.


Note: We use third party volunteer management software Better Impact to help us coordinate the volunteer programme. All personal data you provide is safeguarded in line with GDPR requirements. If you have further questions about volunteering which aren’t answered here, please contact volunteers@architecturefoundation.ie or call 01 8747203.

Open House Dublin is brought to you by the IAF – Irish Architecture Foundation
Established in 2005, the IAF is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. We encourage people to engage with their built environment, to inspire new ways of thinking about architecture. The Irish Architecture Foundation is a vibrant and passionate organisation that seeks to champion the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work and play. Through a dynamic programme of activity, we inspire people to understand and shape their world.

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