Open House San Diego

Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment
One weekend. Free access. Iconic architecture. The doors are open for you to explore.

With 47 curated sites throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill and Barrio Logan, we invite you to celebrate our beautiful city’s built environment on March 25 & 26.

Every building has a story.

  • Want to learn how amazing buildings are designed? More than a dozen architecture studios will share their design process.
  • Are you a fan of historic architecture? Some of San Diego’s most iconic buildings will reveal their rich histories.
  • Interested in the newest buildings on the San Diego skyline? We have tours of recently completed projects and hard-hat tours.
  • Want to experience an Orchid winner in person? Visit during Open House and learn why these site won SDAF’s coveted award.

The details.

The participating sites are located in Downtown San Diego, Barrio Logan and new for 2017 – Bankers Hill. Most sites are open from 10am – 4pm, but some have limited hours. Most sites offer open access or self-guided tours. Some offer regularly scheduled guided tours on a first come, first served basis. Others require advance reservations. All are FREE!

Review the 47 sites along with their descriptions, images, addresses and opening hours. A souvenir printed event guide with a map and site descriptions is available at city library branches and at various other locations around town. The event guide is also available for pdf download. Sites requiring advance reservations will be accepted starting March 1st.

Take your camera for a walk!

Submit your best photos taken at any OH! San Diego site during the weekend of the event for a chance to win prizes! Prizes will be awarded in three categories – Interior, Exterior and Detail. Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place in each category will be awarded. Submissions must be taken on March 25 & 26, 2017 and feature a participating site. The deadline to submit photos is Sunday, April 2 at 11:59pm. More details to come.

Thanks to:
Photo competition organizer: David Harrison Photography
Prize sponsor and judge: Gerald Shonkwiler Photography
Judges: Ron Miriello and Lloyd Russell, AIA

OH! Talks.

Broaden your OH! San Diego experience by attending talks given by architects, designers, planners and other experts during the weekend. No reservations required.

When | Saturday March 25
Where | The Auditorium at San Diego Central Library | 330 Park Blvd.

10:30 AM        VICTORIA THORNTON | Open House Worldwide Founder

11:00 AM        JAN HORN | Executive Director, Architectural Division, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
San Diego Residential Architecture, Then and Now.

11:30 AM        DIANE KANE, PhD | Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner

1:30 PM        JIM DAWE | Chair of Californians for Literacy and Community Libraries

1:45 PM        ROB WELLINGTON QUIGLEY, FAIA | Architect of San Diego Central Library
How the Design of the Library Represents San Diego’s Past, Present and Future.

2:30 PM        HOWARD BLACKSON | Urban Designer
Cultivating a San Diego Vernacular.

When | Saturday March 25 & Sunday March 26
Where | Carrier Johnson + CULTURE | 1301 Third Ave.

12:30 PM    CASEY MAHON | Designer
The Impacts of Technology on Architecture.


Get involved.

By volunteering on the day of the event, you will meet new people with similar interests, learn more about our city and will play a part in promoting great design in San Diego. Volunteer participation is vital to making Open House San Diego happen and is greatly appreciated. Click here to review a detailed “FAQ” that should answer any questions you have about volunteering on the day of the event. Then sign up by filling out the online form. There is still time to submit  your volunteer application by February 24th. An overview about OH! San Diego provides more information. Any questions, please email maxine@sdarchitecture.org. Volunteer participation is vital to making Open House San Diego happen and is greatly appreciated.

Exclusive tours.

To whet your appetite for Open House San Diego weekend, we are offering several exclusive designer-led tours. Next up is a behind-the-scenes tour of City College Quad, led by designers RNT Architects. The new “Quad” campus expansion integrates City College into the emerging and vibrant East Village area of downtown. We will tour the campus when there are night classes in session to see the life of City College in these new social and instructional spaces. The event is free, but reservations are required.

City College Quad Designer-led Tour | Friday March 10 | 5pm – 6pm | 16th & C St,  San Diego

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See photos from our first exclusive tour of Wesley Palms, an award winning mid-century modern retirement community, located on Mount Soledad with stunning ocean vistas and a park-like atmosphere. M.W. Steele Group Architecture and Planning and Wesley Palms, a Front Porch Community shared the history of this iconic community and its plans for the future, including a sneak peek into recently completed Patio Homes.

Thanks to our 2017 Title Sponsor!

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  • Open House San Diego offers San Diegans an opportunity to better understand architectural design and history, while also exploring best practices for the future.

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    Kris Michell
    President & CEO
    Downtown San Diego Partnership

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