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.

Open House San Diego 2018 will take place March 24 & 25 at specially curated sites throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan and new for 2018, Point Loma. We invite you to celebrate our beautiful city’s built environment! Participating sites will be announced March 1.

Day of Event volunteers still needed!


MARCH 13 FROM 6:00PM – 7:45PM


330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

2hrs validated parking available below the building. Enter on 11th (which is one way going north). Get validated at the desk before the meeting as the library closes at 7pm.

Every building has a story.

  • Want to learn how amazing buildings are designed? Dozens of 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 sites won SDAF’s coveted award.

The details.

The participating sites are located in Downtown San Diego, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan and new for 2018 – Point Loma. 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 may require advance reservations. All are FREE!

Review the 47 sites that participated in the 2017 to give you some idea of the variety of sites that may be on offer for 2018. The 2017 souvenir event guide with a map and site descriptions is available for pdf download.

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. We are seeking day of event volunteers! Please submit your interest in volunteering here. An overview about OH! San Diego provides more information. If you wish to serve on the organizing committee, which meets every two weeks from October until March, please email


Thanks to our 2018 Title Sponsor!



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

    Kris Michell
    Chief Operating Officer
    City of San Diego

Open House San Diego Leadership

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