Open Door, a partnership between RIBA and British Council, is designed to promote and celebrate outstanding conservation work by emerging architects in mainland China and in the UK.
The Open Door project is aimed at architects who have been qualified for 10 years or less. It highlights the best of recent architectural heritage projects and the environmental and cultural benefits of building conservation. It also aims to foster knowledge sharing between expert practitioners in both countries, facilitating future UK-China dialogue on architecture and design.
The Open Door project is split into two categories:
- Renovation and repurpose of twentieth century (c. 20th) heritage buildings
- Historic buildings built before 1901
The Expert Advisory Group, chaired by Ben Derbyshire, RIBA Past President and Commissioner for Historic England, assessed the entries in both streams and selected the 14 outstanding heritage projects from the UK and mainland China.