Accessibility - Open House Dublin 2022

Creating a festival that centres inclusion and accessibility

We want to grow and deepen our engagement with our audience and have placed focus on improving the accessibility of our programming and our communications. We seek to work with as many communities as possible to make meaningful improvements year on year. Our mission is to welcome everyone to equitably experience the architecture of Dublin through the Open House Festival.

Building & location access

Every year buildings and organisations volunteer their spaces and people free of charge for people to visit and enjoy on Open House Weekend. We have asked participants this year to provide additional information about the accessibility of their buildings and locations. We may not have all of this information but if you have a question or require more details about any of our events or locations please contact us at or by phone at +353 (0)1 8747203 and we will get that information for you.


What is Aira?

All Open House Dublin 2022 locations are supported by visual interpreting service Aira. Aira is a live, human-to-human professional assistance service, an accommodation or productivity tool, that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled and reliable visual interpreting. We are delighted to have the generous support of Aira, free of charge, for our festival this year.

Aira (pronounced eye-rah) is a service that uses the latest technologies to connect people who would benefit from visual information, with actual humans, highly-trained professionals who provide visual information on demand – describing, reading, explaining, navigating – just about anything, safely and securely.

How can Aira assist you to take part in Open House Dublin?

Aira can assist with digital tasks including booking tickets for tours and events and assisting with website use. It can assist to navigate your surroundings while taking part in tours and events. While Aira Agents go through extensive training on orientation and mobility, Aira Agents are not a replacement for a guide dog or a white cane but rather an additional feed of visual information.

How do I use Aira?

Using the camera and an app on your smartphone, Aira’s professionally trained Agents assist by visually interpreting your surroundings. It’s easy to deploy, completely supported and maintained by Aira, and there are no hardware or IT Department requirements.

To avail of this service download the app on Google Play or App Store and confirm your mobile to sign up.

Then select the option “Apply a free access offer”, then select “Promotion” and “Open House Dublin 2022” and “Apply Offer”

Why the Aira app asks for so many permissions
Aira asks for permissions to deliver the best possible service. Utilising your phone’s microphone, camera, and location features allows us to see and hear what’s around you and communicate it to you effectively. You can always change permissions by visiting the settings app on your iOS or Android device.

This year we have collaborated with the National Gallery of Ireland to offer accessibility awareness training to all our volunteer stewards and tour guides. We have asked all of our participating buildings and guides to provide clear and detailed information about the accessibility of events and locations. We have programmed a series of ISL interpreted tours and events and partnered with accessibility app Aira to deliver visual interpreting for all Open House locations.

We will strive to improve both our programming and communications year on year. We hope you let us know how we are doing, and what else we should consider to support your participation.

You can contact us at or by phone at +353 (0)1 8747203

The Irish Architecture Foundation’s new Audience Development Strategy will result in institutional transformation as well as informing our programme choices.

Download the new IAF Audience Development Strategy (PDF, 590kb)



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