Transformance: Francine Houben on libraries, mobility and learning

Published: Tuesday 2 April 2019

It's less than 9 weeks until Transformance and we're looking forward to the keynote from Francine Houben, Founding Partner and Creative Director of Mecanoo.

"Libraries are the most important buildings, like cathedrals many years ago"

Francine's internationally acclaimed work includes theatres, museums, libraries, neighbourhoods, housing and parks. Currently, she is working on the renovations of the New York Public Library and the central library of Washington, DC – originally designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Francine will talk about learning in schools and in particular libraries, which in her opinion, are and should be a center for learning, information and culture that unites people of all ages and backgrounds.

She will also discuss learning and mobility, using Mecanoo’s collaboration with Dutch Railways on the interior design for the "train of the future'.

Keynote (Wed): Learning as Part of Our Daily Life



Only 20 spots left for Pecha Kucha

Join us on Tuesday 27th May at 5pm for Pecha Kucha - a series of quick six and a half minute presentations, where we will learn what, where and how learning transformations are occurring throughout the world. An exciting and creative mix of presenters will share their experiences through storytelling and images and challenge our thinking to transform.

Add Pecha Kucha to your registration for just AU$11 - but hurry - we only have 20 spots left.


Tour 26: Wesley College's multi award-winning Science Centre

Mildred Manning Science Centre. Photo by Kelly Bucksey

Ferry across the Swan River to the Overall Winner of the WA Chapter's Awards and Winner of the AIA WA Educational Architecture Award: the Mildred Manning Science Centre at Wesley College.

The Centre "celebrates new modes of science learning  with practical and visible examples of scientific thought shown at every opportunity".


What's in store for Transformance?

Rapid change is disrupting how, what and where people learn.

Join us in Perth from May 28-31 to explore how education and learning spaces can adapt and thrive under exponential change.

Hear from those at the fore of this "transformance":



Members save $330 on standard registration!

(in Australian dollars, GST inclusive)

Members - $1,375

Non-members - $1,705

Full time Students (ID required) - $660

Registration and Information

Transformance will be held at the Perth Convention Centre on the awardwinning Elizabeth Quay waterfront (below, photo courtesy MRA).

   Special flight offer 

We are pleased to  announce that our exclusive airline supplier, QANTAS, is offering delegates a discount on domestic flights to and from Perth and free Frequent Flyer membership. Conditions apply, visit the website for more information

We look forward to seeing you at Transformance!

Dani Martin, Eamon Broderick and Paul Edwards
Conference Chairs

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors for their ongoing support