Doors Open Days 2018 - Dundee

Sat. 8 - Sun. 9 Sep 2018  

Dundee Rep Nicoll Russell Studios © Photo credit Alan Richardson



Doors Open Days 2018 celebrates architecture in all its forms - from the very ancient to ultra-modern, well-loved to little-known. Enjoy free access to buildings you wouldn’t normally get into as well as special events at public buildings. Dundee Doors Open Day is kindly sponsored by Lockton and Gartcarron Fire Engineering.

“The celebration of Scotland’s architecture is the Incorporation’s business and we are very grateful to Scottish Civic Trust for their recognition of the Festival of Architecture. The RIAS supports the tremendous endeavour of the Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days hugely important and popular demonstration of Scotland’s best architecture- old and new- which complements our festival and makes September truly Scotland’s architecture month. We are thrilled that so many architects and our partners are participating as Doors Open Days engages with people in a wide-ranging and meaningful way - arranging access to unusual buildings, creating events, talks and workshops that encourage people to think about and respond to architecture within their communities. We hope this will help people across Scotland to become more confident about engaging with architecture and all aspects of the design of our public spaces. That is what placemaking is all about.”

Diarmid McLachlan RIAS, President of the Dundee Institute of Architects which is a chapter of the RIAS.

Some this of this year's buildings are designed by RIAS Members, including:

AVERTICAL WORLD: StudioEAST Chartered Architects are currently working on new facilities here including new reception, changing and cafe facilities as an upgrade to the existing provisions. Tour dates and booking info here:

DUNDEE CENTRAL MOSQUE: The first purpose-built mosque in North East Scotland designed by Lucas Dow Design Studios Ltd Tour info here:

DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS: designed by Richard Murphy Architects Ltd Tour dates and booking here:

DUNDEE HERITAGE WALK: Architect Joe Dagen from RDA Architects will lead a walking tour to explore encompassing buildings that have influenced Dundee’s history from 1460 to the present. Tour info here:

DUNDEE REP THEATRE: designed by Nicoll Russell Studios Tour dates and booking info here:

DUNDEE SHERRIF COURT: Nicoll Russell Studios Designed in 1833 by Edinburgh architect George Angus and completed in 1863 by William Scott. It’s extensive renovation in 1996 by Nicoll Russell Studios won a RIBA Award. Tour dates and booking info here:

GROVE ACADEMY: Holmes Partnership (now Holmes Miller Ltd) Commendation - Dundee Civic Trust Grove opened in 1889, 25 years before WW1 and the school was used for air-raid drills and shelters during WW2. Tour dates and booking info here:

ST PETER'S FREE CHURCH: CRGP were appointed in 2007 as the architects to design a scheme which improved the overall use of the buildings and its later refurbishment. Tour dates and booking info here:

ST SALVADORS CHURCH: Restoration work by Simpson and Brown included conservation of the organ, re-gilding the reredos, chancel screen, and re-bedding and renewing the stone floor of the nave. Tour dates and booking info here:

THE MCMANUS ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM: The building was designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott. The building was closed to the public on 24 October 2005 for a £7.8million redevelopment by PagePark Architects and was reopened to the public on 28 February 2010. Tour info here:


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Organised by

Scottish Civic Trust
42 Miller Street
United Kingdom

Doors Open Days is a national event run by Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month, take place throughout Scotland in September and are part of European Heritage Days.

Dundee Institute of Architects
c/o Brunton Design Studio
95 Dundee Street
United Kingdom

The Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) was established in 1884 and is one of six Chapters making up the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. The voluntary organisation is a regional professional body serving, supporting and addressing the constantly changing and challenging journey Architects face throughout their careers.

DIA exists to champion high quality architecture, promote awareness of the local built environment, and above all to foster positive and constructive dialogue between professionals and the public.

DIA continue to explore exciting, dynamic and engaging opportunities to communicate what architects do and how Architecture can assist in improving our environment, experiences and lifestyle.

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