Open Door 2022: Finalists announcement and exhibition launch

Open Door, a partnership between the RIBA and British Council, is designed to promote and celebrate outstanding conservation work by emerging architects in mainland China and in the UK. Join us in-person and online as we announce the 14 finalists and launch the online exhibition.

Join RIBA and British Council in-person and online as we announce the finalists of Open Door, followed by a virtual exhibition launch.

During this event, we will showcase the 14 finalists and hear from the teams behind each project. This event will take place during a hybrid ceremony both in-person at RIBA headquarters in London and online.

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.

Register free to attend in-person.

Register free to attend online.

The Open Door project is split into two categories:

  1. Renovation and repurpose of twentieth century (c. 20th) heritage buildings
  2. Historic buildings built before 1901

Learn more about the Open Door project and selection process.

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.

The event will be recorded and shared at a later date.


It’s with great sadness that we learned last week of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As a mark of respect, we decided to postpone the Open Door 2022: finalists announcement.

The event will now take place on 21st October.