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Ten facts about Mecanoo principal Francine Houben

The low-down on the winner of the Birmingham Central Library competition.

• Born Sittard, the Netherlands, 1955
• Studied at Delft University of Technology
• Founded Mecanoo with Erick van Egeraat in 1984
• Professor in architecture at Delft University of Technology
• Currently a member of the London Design Advisory Panel
• Stirling Prize judge in 2004
• Visiting professor at Harvard in 2007
• 2008’s Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year
• Has two cats, two chickens, and enjoys the music of French composer Yann Tiersen
• Best known works to date: Fifty-Two Degrees, Nijmegen; Delft University and Rotterdam Chapel.

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