Past Present Future: video interview with Francine Houben (Mecanoo)

Past Present Future is a series of interviews by Gianpiero Venturini from Itinerant Office. Francine Houben, founder of Mecanoo, is the third of the architects to be interviewed.

Mecanoo architecten, Library of Birmingham. Photo Christian Richters

Falling in love with architecture the moment she walked into the model-making room at the University of Delft; opening a design office while still a student and not having the time to finish university; feeling the need to address urgent themes such as social housing, public space, educational buildings and mobility – Francine Houben, the founder of Mecanoo architecten, speaks of these subjects in a “Past, Present, Future” interview, the third instalment of this series.

Interview with Francine Houben


Houben sees her architecture office as a symphonic orchestra composed of people from different disciplines: urban planning, landscape design, architecture, engineering, interior design, product design, graphic design and video making. There is no doubt in her mind what the future of mobility is: It’s the bike – still the most democratic, healthy and ecological way to get around.

Interview with Francine Houben


Interview with Francine Houben



Past, Present, Future: About being an architect yesterday, today and beyond
A project by:
Itinerant Office
Curated by:
Gianpiero Venturini
Filmed by:
Luca Chiaudano
With the support of:
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy and the Creative Industries Fund NL

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