About Us

We are a public architecture organisation that empowers citizens to be active particpants in the building of their city.

By empowering people with knowledge about the outcomes of good design decisions in our built environment, we aim to ensure Melbourne remains a liveable and vibrant city now and in the future.

We run an annual program of talks, tours, workshops and interviews that explore issues, challenges and success stories of Melbourne's built environment. At the heart of our program is the Open House Weekend, where people visit significant buildings and sites across the city to learn about how the built environment and urban planning initiatives and issues influence our culture and shape our future.

_We aim to create a sense of civic pride by celebrating the city through its built environment and active citizenship by empowering people with knowledge about the city's changing urban environment.

_We provide an alternative method of community engagement because we are an independent and apolitical organisation that acts as a bridge between government, the architectural profession, and the public in an open, non-hierarchical dialogue.

_We encourage better exchange of knowledge and ideas through informal learning opportunities and by encouraging people to reflect on what they have seen, heard and learned.

_Linking to current issues builds a groundswell of interest around critical issues for the city and feeds into policy thinking.

_Open House is an independent platform in which policymakers, architects, and industry professionals can engage directly with the public.

Open House Melbourne is the result of an initiative by the Committee for Melbourne, Future Focus Group, and is part of the Open House Worldwide Network, founded by Open House London.