What We Do

With 17 years' experience, Open-City helps to challenge perceptions, break down barriers and inspire people to demand high-quality places for current and future generations. Our pioneering programmes and initiatives are designed to meet the needs of decision-makers, young people and the wider community, and it is the success of these that has positioned us as a progressive and influential authority amongst these groups.

Open-City has developed an approach that focuses on offering opportunities to:

- Learn by experiencing and exploring exemplars of excellent architectural design
- Build understanding and knowledge of the importance of high-quality design
- Express views, for example through Open House campaigns, events, action research projects, opinion polls and publications
- Use knowledge to influence policy and practice, bringing about change and making a positive impact on the shape of our city

Our programmes are shaped by our three main target audiences:

- Engaging the general public – enabling all Londoners to experience and learn about the capital’s most interesting and significant architecture

- Learning for young Londoners – providing architectural education for students in London’s schools; involving young people in the design of spaces and places

- Advocating good design amongst decision-makers – working with local authority officers and councillors, regeneration professionals and developers, and other decision-makers to advocate for good design throughout the city. This includes policy and decision making related to art in public spaces

Click on the tabs right at the top of every page on this website to find out more about our work in public engagement via activities and events for all, education and advocacy.