Director’s Welcome

This is the 12th edition of Open House Dublin (OHD) and doesn’t time fly. Since its inception, Open House Dublin has proved its potential to engage with a wide range of our city's shapers – from general public to policy-makers – highlighting the significant role that architecture can, and has, played in the evolving form of our everyday lives. Our intention is to build upon the festival's annual celebration of the county's best architecture and to inspire a better understanding of the processes and places that define us.

Open House Dublin’s theme this year, The City as a Stage, explores the central role architecture plays in our society, how it frames and influences the patterns and structures of our collective urban existence, from the private, domestic realm to the citywide, public sphere. The buildings of Dublin are active and passive agents in the theatre of life.

Through the city’s physical form and structures, this Open House Dublin programme will reveal the character of our capital city and the active citizens, who, on this stage play a vital part.

I would like to thank our OHD project funders, Dublin City Council, Government Policy on Architecture and Airbnb, with additional funding from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Waterways Ireland, Hibernia Reit and DNG. I am grateful to our in-kind supporters JCDecaux, Totally Dublin, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and PushPull Media. I would also like to acknowledge the IAF funders; the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Office of Public Works and the IAF members.

Open House Dublin 2017 can’t keep opening up doors for free without your help. I ask you kindly to consider supporting the work of the Open House Dublin through partnership opportunities available on our website. Finally, a big thank you to the building owners, the guides, the fabulous OHD army of volunteers and the IAF OHD delivery team. We are indebted to your hard work and avid passion for your built environment.

See you over the weekend!

Nathalie Weadick
Director, Irish Architecture Foundation.

People like you make Open House Dublin possible!

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.