Founding Partner and Creative Director,
Francine Houben is the founder / CEO of Mecanoo architecten. Her work ranges from theatres, museums and libraries to neighborhoods, housing and parks. Currently, she is working on the renovation of the New York Public Library. Francine Houben has held professorships in the Netherlands and abroad, currently holding a position as Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. As curator of the First International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2003, she brought the theme of the aesthetics of mobility to the forefront of international design consciousness. In 2010 Francine Houben was granted lifelong membership to the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. She holds Honorary Doctorates from Utrecht University and Université de Mons. Francine has gained international acclaim for her works. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands presented her the prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for her entire oeuvre in 2015.