San Diego’s largest, free, architectural festival
Celebrating architecture, urban design, & the built environment.
Open House San Diego is a free, annual public showcase that promotes appreciation of San Diego’s urban environment through behind-the scenes access to and information about buildings and public spaces. It’s an exciting opportunity for you to learn about the importance of thoughtful and innovative architecture, urban planning and design. Through Open House you have the opportunity to dialogue with architects, design enthusiasts and neighbors about the future of our city and participate in building a more vibrant civic life. The buildings and spaces we build today – as well as those we protect and repurpose- will define the San Diego of tomorrow.
Videos and Virtual Tours
For armchair travelers, OH! offers a selection of video tours and behind-the-scenes views from previous years including the Rob Wellington Quigley-designed Ocean Discovery Institute; a virtual hardhat tour of the recently completed mixed use development in National City, Parco; a guided tour of Little Saigon; virtual hike in the City Heights Canyons Loop Trail; and more. Explore OH! SD 2021 and OH! SD 2022 to take your virtual tour.
Learn how to take great architectural photographs with a series of photography tutorials. Kids and adults alike can learn the basics of architectural sketching with architect-guided KidSketch tutorials on how to sketch Open House sites including the Lincoln Acres Library, National City Aquatic Center, and Ocean Discovery Institute.