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Founded by Victoria Thornton OBE, HonFRIBA, the Open House concept started in London in 1992 with the aim of fostering a better understanding of architecture outside the profession. The core of this idea lay in the direct experience of the buildings themselves, accessible for free to all, with opportunities to learn, discuss and debate with experts and citizens alike.

There are now 47 cities around the world that present an Open House Weekend. Each Open House city is run as an independent organization but all adhere to a shared set of values and ideals that advocate for access and openness as fundamental to citizenship.

The 47 Open House cities, including Open House Perth, comprise a global network called Open House Worldwide. Click here to see the Open House Worldwide cities.