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ITEAC 2018: First Keynote Speaker and Booking Open Announced

Date Posted: 22nd Feb 2018

Dutch architect Francine Houben, the Creative Director of mecanoo architecten is today announced as the first Keynote speaker of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018, 3-5 June, London.

With her practice she has gained international acclaim, with work ranging from theatres, museums and libraries to neighbourhoods, housing and parks – each design founded on the observation of people, location, culture and climate.

She holds Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and was granted lifelong membership of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In 2015, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands presented her with the prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for her entire oeuvre.

Selected works include KRONA Knowledge and Culture Centre, Kongsberg, Norway (2015), La Llotja Theatre and Congress Centre, Lleida, Spain (2010), Library of Birmingham, United Kingdom (2013), Home Arts Centre, Manchester, United kingdom (2015), Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Boston, United States (2015) and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Taiwan (to be opened in 2018), Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, United Kingdom (to be completed 2019). Currently, she is working on the renovation of the New York Public Library and the central library of Washington, DC – designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Her much-anticipated contribution further enhances the aim of ITEAC 2018 Places for Performance: New Directions to gather international practitioners to share, learn and discover from projects completed and planned from around the world.


Booking for ITEAC 2018 is now open and as interest to attend the Conference has been very strong, those wishing to attend are urged to book as soon as possible.

Anyone applying for tickets between the closure of the Second Ticket Release and the opening of the Third Ticket Release will be informed when the third ticket release opens prior to any public announcement. A facility to register details is included within the booking system, accessed by the BOOK NOW button, located on the website’s Registration page. All tickets in the third ticket release are subject to availability.

Booking Tips, including information on password protected sections, have been posted in News.


Presented by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) at the state-of-the-art Savoy Place, the Global Engineering Hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), latest information regarding sessions and speakers will be posted on the ITEAC website as announced.


Following the three days of conference, ITEAC delegates may then join up with Exhibitors and Visitors to the 40thanniversary annual ABTT Theatre Show at London’s Alexandra Palace, 6-7 June:  a great week of discussion and discovery for those involved in theatre design and technology.

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