Archinect - News 2015-11-24T21:28:58-05:00 Mecanoo’s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-02-07T13:51:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:18:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>The Architects' Journal</em>&nbsp;(UK) announced Francine Houben, creative director and founder of Dutch firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, as the recipient of the AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014. The award honors design excellence and strong leadership among women in architecture.</p><p>Houben received the prestigious award in a ceremony at London's Langham Hotel on Feb. 7. Projects of Houben and Mecanoo include the high-profile Library of Birmingham, La Llotja de Lleida, and the Kaap Skil maritime and beachcombers museum.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Upon receiving the award, Houben said, "'I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to be an architect, which was not always an easy combination. It was also a privilege to design the Library of Birmingham, here in the UK. Libraries play an essential role in the emancipation of young women all over the world. I&rsquo;m very proud to be able to design more projects with a &lsquo;Dutch touch&rsquo; in the UK. I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the ...</p>