In response to the honor, Francine Houben stated:“I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to bean architect, which was not always an easy combination. [...]I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the same time. Women are especially good at that.”
More on Francine Houben, after the break...
Francine Houben (1955), creative director of Netherlands-based Mecanoo, may well be best known for her work designing The Library of Birmingham, one of the highest-profile UK projects in 2013. Houben is also the only Dutch person to be featured on this year's list of Britain’s 500 most influential people by Debrett’s and The Sunday Times.
Check out our recent interview with Houben here.