Architect Francine Houben awarded Prix Veuve Cliquot 2008

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Francine Houben (1955), director of Mecanoo architecten in Delft, The Netherlands, was awarded the Prix Veuve Cliquot for businesswoman of the year 2008


19 March 2008

On 17 March Francine Houben (1955), director of Mecanoo architecten in Delft, The Netherlands, was awarded the Prix Veuve Cliquot for businesswoman of the year 2008 by Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. President of the jury is Mrs. Annemarie Jorritsma, Mayor of the city of Almere.

Last year’s recipient of this prestigious award was Marlies Dekkers.

This international award, circulated throughout 17 countries, was bestowed upon Francine Houben because of her entrepreneurship, vision, business and social influence and leadership.

According to the jury report Francine Houben is one of the few woman architects who, with her office Mecanoo, has achieved worldwide prominence in the field of architecture.

Francine Houben is known for innovative designs with a special attention to context,
materialisation, detailing and sustainability. A recent example is the design for the National Kaohsiung Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan which is inspired by Banyan trees on the site that has now become a cultural park.

Recent designs of Francine Houben/Mecanoo include:
Palace of Justice, Córdoba, Spain (2006-2011)
Theatre and Congress Centre La Llotja de Lleida, Spain (2005-2008)
Business Innovation Centre FiftyTwoDegrees, Nijmegen (2001-2007)

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