Design Montréal Open House

May 1, 2013

May 4 and 5, 2013

Montréal is brimming with creative talents — more than 25,000 of them — who deserve to be known and acknowledged. Thanks to them and our many institutions dedicated to architecture and design, Montréal is acclaimed as one of 11 UNESCO Cities of Design around the world.

Every two years, on the first weekend in May, Montréal-based architects and designers who have been recognized in local and international design competitions open their doors to the public. This is a chance for everyone to see how their ideas are born and to get a better sense of how they find concrete expression in our daily lives. Design Montréal Open House is a golden opportunity to talk to them about their work and achievements, but also to share your own ideas and projects.

Whether you’re by yourself, visiting as a couple or a family, a student, a worker or self-employed, this fascinating door-to-door itinerary has something for everyone: more than 100 practitioners in all disciplines of design and architecture are waiting to welcome you. This year, you’ll find plenty of suggested activities to inspire you in  putting together a customized route, according to your tastes and interests.


The actions of the Ville de Montréal’s Bureau du design are structured around improving the design of the city and asserting Montréal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design, and have the following overall aims: Do more and better when it comes to designing the city; Raise awareness of the talents of Montréal-based designers; and Develop the market for Montréal-based designers and architects, promoting processes that facilitate access to public commissions, such as design and architecture competitions.

Since 1990, 46 public projects in Montréal have been determined through design or architecture competitions. Half of those competitions have taken place since 2006, the year in which the Bureau du design was created and Montréal was appointed a UNESCO City of Design.

More info about design and architecture competitions is available at

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