Mission & History
Open House Los Angeles provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of Los Angeles and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. Through its year-round programs and the annual Open House Weekend, Open House Los Angeles celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the county, from historic to contemporary, and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain Los Angeles as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House Los Angeles is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Open House Los Angeles is the latest city, following London, New York, and many others, to join what has become a worldwide movement to engage a broad public in a conversation about architecture, public space, and the future of urban life.
In addition to the Open House Weekend, Open House Los Angeles organizes an expanded schedule of year-round programs that extends the conversation that begins during the two days of the Weekend. Programs include Previews, which opens up significant new works of contemporary architecture and infrastructure for public tours; the Open Studios series, in which architecture and design firms within a given neighborhood open their studios to the public for a Saturday afternoon of talks and presentations; and the ongoing Future LA and Made in LA series, year-long thematic programs that explore important issues in Los Angeles’s built environment, from manufacturing, food, and technology. Open House Los Angeles’s year-round programs are a significant platform for fostering discussion about how the city takes shape in the years ahead and address issues including planning, preservation, infrastructure, and contemporary design.