Creative Director at Mecanoo
Francine Houben is the creative director and a founding partner of Mecanoo Architecten, whose projects integrate urban planning and landscape architecture. Director and curator of the first International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, her projects there include the Hillekop and Prinsenland residential complexes; the house with studio in Kralingse Plaslaan; and the multipurpose building Rochussenstraat. In the Netherlands, Houben’s projects include the Delft University of Technology library, Netherlands Open Air Museum, and the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum. Some of her current projects are the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC, and the Midtown Public Library in New York City. Previously, Houben held professorships in architecture and mobility aesthetics at the Delft University of Technology and was a visiting professor at Harvard University.