Open Building

A Network of Professionals




*Announcement ON: Open Building for Resilient Cities*

An international conference for the design professions, public officials, building owners and researchers. This conference and exhibition aims to expand the discourse of Open Building by bridging practice and academia. Held at the A+D Museum and neighboring institutions in the Arts District of Los Angeles, the conference will bring together thought leaders in the building industry and from centers of research and public agencies around the world in lectures, panel discussions, research presentations and a curated exhibition. It brings to Los Angeles the 21st international Open Building conference, linking an active network of practitioners and researchers from around the globe.

A Call for Abstracts/Presentations
Case study, poster and/or research abstracts are invited on Open Building topics such as:

  • The architectural qualities of long-lasting buildings
  • Architectural practice as a place for research
  • A receptive policy environment for Open Building – the public-sector role
  • Urban design and the Open Building approach
  • The Open Building approach to reactivating existing buildings
  • A fit-out industry – the key to Open Building implementation
  • Open Building research and education


About the council on Open Building


The Council on Open Building is a network of professionals in the design and building industry throughout North America. We are committed to the proposition that planning for change – during design and long-term - is a fundamental prerequisite for a resilient and sustainable built environment. The Council fosters the development of knowledge, methods and practices supporting implementation of Open Building. Our approach crosses all project types including residential, healthcare, educational facilities, and commercial.



Our Approach


The Open Building approach is a mode of design and decision-making rooted in the historical traditions of a sustainable built environment, constantly undergoing incremental renewal. It is uniquely suited to the challenges of 21st century built environment



It supports ever-larger and fast-paced projects invovling multiple participants including users.



It demands efficiency, variety and the capacity to adapt to evolving societal and technical realities.



It balances long-term value with immediate return on investment


Balancing permanence and change applies to existing and new construction as well as the urban fabric. Open Building practices address both fine-grained and large-scope change, while respecting and reingorcing the value of stable and coherent places. Its methods are particularly effective in managing uncertainty and diverse values within a distributed decision-making process.

The Council is planning a series of events around the US, Canada and Mexico in 2018, leading up to a major international conference in December 2018 in Los Angeles.


We want the open building approach to be normative.
— John Dale