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Director’s Welcome

This year is the European Year of Cultural Heritage and to celebrate this we have titled our 13th Open House Dublin Tomorrows Past- Discover our Future Heritage.

Open House is borne from a conviction, promoted by Open House Worldwide and driven in Ireland by the Irish Architecture Foundation, that our understanding of architecture has as much to do with inhabitation and adaptation over time as it is with construction and design.

Tomorrows Past- will peel back the layers of Dublin’s built heritage, from medieval streets to Georgian terraces and from residential expansions to industrial revolutions. As well as unearthing historical gems, Discover our Future Heritage will consider the legacy of what we build now.

Caring about heritage starts with discovering what we have.  Open House Dublin, is about awareness and knowledge. It has the power to ignite a conversation about the diversity of Dublin’s built heritage: think Dutch billies, Italian neoclassicism, the lesser regarded modernism and recent heritage. The programme, with a timeline from 1700 to 2020, redefines heritage as something dynamic, changing over time, as the public’s appreciation changes.

We are delighted to welcome Bank of Ireland as our first Principle Partner. This is a significant partnership for the IAF and we are looking forward to working with them on maximising the impact of the Open House initiative.  Also please welcome new Sponsors Autodesk to the Open House family. We know that together we will make 2018 a success.

Of course a massive thank you to the people who have been regular funders, Dublin City Council and the Government Policy on Architecture, Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Waterways Ireland. Open House Dublin 2018 is sponsored by Airbnb and Corporate Circle members Hibernia REIT plc., DNG, Henry J Lyons and Dublin Port Company. This year’s special focus is supported by the Heritage Council. In kind support is provided by RTE Supporting the Arts, JCDecaux and Totally Dublin.

Open House Dublin is achievable because it is embedded in the annual programme and infrastructure of the Irish Architecture Foundation. The IAF is funded by the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works.

Open House Dublin 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 by becoming a Member of the IAF. For a small amount you get great benefits, which include architectural tours all year round.

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.