What is the IAF?


The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture to the general public. We have an established network and track record in delivering major projects, primarily aimed at developing audiences for architecture in Ireland, while also raising the profile of Irish architecture abroad. Our programme of exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops, is intended to generate dialogue as well as critically engage a diverse public. We present Open House Dublin each year as part of a rich and unique offering.
Key projects of the Irish Architecture Foundation, in addition to Open House, are:

The Play Park

The IAF embarked on a project to build a Play and Skate Park in Ballyfermot through an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process and international design competition. The competition was won by London based interdisciplinary Architecture practice Relational Urbanism, who continue to work closely with the IAF and the Ballyfermot community to achieve a design outcome that reflects the community’s own ideas. The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council are generously funding the project, forging new and exciting ways for the public and private sector to work together. Dublin City Council are working with the architects preparing for the construction phase of the project and we aim for it to be complete in Summer 2018. There will be some exciting opportunities to get involved and to work with the architects on the creation of the new play and skate park in the coming months. Keep up to date with all things Play Park on the Facebook page.  

This is Not My Beautiful House II

As we get older, the spaces and places we inhabit need to be more connected, accessible, and secure, without compromising on beauty. This is Not My Beautiful House II, which was developed in partnership with Create, the National Development Agency for collaborative arts and the Irish Architecture Foundation, is the second in a series of Bealtaine seminars exploring key issues impacting on our social, economic and cultural rights to adequate housing, public space and cultural and creative lives as we get older.
The seminar specifically looked at how the arts and creativity can generate debate about choice, participation and rights, with, and for, older people in relation to the planning and design of social and built communities. It also considered how collaborative arts and architectural practices can influence a paradigm shift in how, as a society, we think about housing and public space beyond a top down and market-led model, to more community orientated and sustainable frameworks.


A series of lectures curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and sponsored by ARUP, NewNowNext reveals the current, new and next generation ideas and architects from across the globe. Previous Speakers include Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects (Irl), Karolina Keyzer (SE), Jeanne Gang (US), Tatiana Bilbao (Mex), COBE (DK), Ole Scheeren (Ger) Kunle Adeyemi (NG), Andy Groarke (UK), Minsuk Cho (KR), Samuli Woolsten (Fi) and most recently Winy Maas, MVRDV (NL).

The National Architects in Schools Initiative, now in its fifth year, provides Transition Year students with first-hand experience of the design process under the guidance of an architect or architectural graduate. Architects and teachers are trained to work collaboratively to deliver student workshops over a 12 hour period of class contact time. The initiative is supported by on-line resources and an IAF publication for students, teachers and architects called My Architecture Design Journal. (
The initiative is co-funded in three parts by The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, The Department of Education & Skills and The Arts Council. Currently around 850 students participate on the programme each year ensuring that a broad spectrum of schools in rural, urban and sub-urban contexts participate.

Enjoy the Open House experience all year round!

Keep the doors of Dublin open to you. Become a member of the IAF and enjoy exclusive access to buildings and tours across Dublin throughout the year, including the National Gallery of Ireland, City Assembly House, Pearse Museum, Convention Centre, and walking tours of the Liberties, Drumcondra and more.

Membership included access to special monthly member-only events, IAF merchandise, limited edition prints, discounts - the list goes on and on! You make Open House happen every year. Be the vital link to help the IAF’s ambitious vision for the future.
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Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

The IAF presents Open House Dublin each year as just one part of a rich and unique offering. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops. You can help to secure our future by becoming an IAF member, or simply by donating directly.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.