Doors Open Toronto
Canada’s largest event of its kind and one of the three largest in the world, Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity for the public to see inside architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 700 unique locations since its inception in 2000.
The TSA is proud to work on a number of special initiatives during Doors Open weekend, working closely with the City of Toronto to produce unique events and opportunities that enhance the yearly theme. We currently produce three different initiatives unique to Doors Open:
TSA Architects’ Talk is a thought provoking conversation bringing together numerous local architects and experts across a wide variety of fields to discuss larger issues of architecture within the context of Doors Open and its yearly theme. Past conversations have included topics such as “Is Architecture Art?” and “What is Canadian Architecture?”.
Open Studio Program
Each year the Toronto Society of Architects enlists a select group of architectural practices to open their studio doors for a weekend in May to introduce the public and aspiring young architects and designers to the world of the architectural studio. The selected practices range from young, up and coming firms to large established studios working on a wide variety of projects – giving the public unparalleled access to the offices and people that are shaping our city.
Every year during Doors Open weekend, the TSA offers free 1 hour walking tours exploring Toronto’s contemporary architecture and urban landscape. The tours often reflect on the yearly theme and are led by the same Toronto Architecture Tour guides that conduct our summer tours.