Brisbane Open House

Brisbane Open House is a free event, providing residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city.

Held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day, selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage them to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane’s built environment – opening eyes and minds to good design and curious spaces.

The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010 with great success, attracting more than 12,500 visits and each year the event has continued to grow. This year we’re looking forward to exploring a wider range of buildings and discovering more hidden treasures!

Values integral to Brisbane Open House include:


  • Increase engagement between the city of Brisbane and its residents and visitors through promoting both the contemporary and historical architectural and design attractions of the city.
  • Promote public awareness of good and environmentally sustainable design in our subtropical city.
  • Promote public awareness of the urban spaces that occur between our buildings and the role played by design in their creation.
  • Promote public awareness of the diverse range of professions who contribute and collaborate in creating and protecting Brisbane’s architectural and design attractions.
  • Provide free access to a range of significant public and privately owned buildings in Brisbane.
  • Foster civic engagement and civic pride.

Ambassador Darren Lockyer


“Architecture and design have always been a passion of mine, but over the last few years they have played a significant role in my life. Engaging an architect to design and project manage the building of our new family home here in Brisbane has been an incredible journey.

Like many Brisbanites I am proud of our rich architectural heritage which includes quintessential Queenslander houses floating on their stilts against the hills of older suburbs and the many more modern interpretations of this style that now dot our city as it expands.

Similarly, Brisbane has many colonial era public buildings rubbing shoulders with cutting edge contemporary commercial spaces that create a vibrant city landscape.

Now in its tenth year, Brisbane Open House invites design and architecture enthusiasts of all ages to explore our city from inside some of our most significant and iconic buildings. Gain free access to some of our oldest and most interesting buildings, take a tour of brand new and exciting towers or show the family how an emergency centre or dental school works.

I am proud to be a part of the Brisbane Open House team and enjoy the opportunity to meet new designers, learn new design ideas and embrace the future of Queensland’s architecture. Good design is about buildings and spaces that you never get tired of and I encourage you to join me in learning more about them at Brisbane Open House this October.”

Brisbane Open House 2019

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland

Darren Lockyer

Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA
Queensland Government Architect (Chair)

Arthur Frame AM
The National Trust of Australia (Qld) Board

Fiona Gardiner PSM
Director, Heritage
Department of Environment and Science

David Hertweck
Manager, Planning
Port of Brisbane

Stuart Macnaughton
McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Chris Skelton
NFP Accountants (Treasurer)



Angie Scott, Executive Director

Cathy James, Events and Buildings Manager

Kate Parry, Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager

Georgia Smith, Events Manager

Chris Salter, Consultant