The international OPEN HOUSE movement is blossoming in San Diego, where its major 2017 lineup has been announced by the San Diego Architectural Foundation and its two honorary chairs, the architect Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, and Mary Lydon.
Held on the weekend of March 25-26, Open House San Diego (a.k.a., OH! San Diego) will bring design aficionados from Southern California and nearby Mexico a rare — and free — opportunity for behind-the-scenes access to the city’s most iconic buildings and sites.
“This is an exceptional lineup of new sites and outstanding architecture that will attract record participation, including attendees and volunteers,” says Maxine Ward, director of San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) and OH! San Diego chair. “Joining New York and Chicago, we’reproud to be only the third U.S. official Open House Worldwide City.”
Added honorary co-chair Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, “Each of the Open House locations contributes in a unique way to the fabric of our city, with special significance on architectural, historic and cultural value. The innovation behind our city is truly showcased in this big spring weekend.”
The OH! San Diego sites include architecture and design studios, museums, schools, hotels, high-rises, and many SDAF Orchid award winners. Many of the locations boast innovative uses of materials, repurposing of space, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, adds Ward.