Washington, DC—National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ President Robert E. Luke, AIA, (2006- 2007) recently awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service to Roger Meyer of Portland, OR, in recognition of his long, noteworthy, and generous service to the Council. Meyer, a founder of Meyer & Wyse LLP, has practiced general business, corporate, architectural and construction law for 50 years.
Since the late 1970s, Meyer has dedicated a significant portion of his public service career to representing the interests of the architectural profession. In 1977, he was named to the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners as one of its first two public members. Less than a decade later, Meyer was elected chair of the Western Conference of Architectural Registration Boards, and subsequently served on the NCARB Board of Directors where he represented Region 6.
Meyer’s legal expertise, augmented by a genuine interest in architecture and a fondness for the company of architects, has informed his work with some of the Council’s most essential committees. He was a vocal supporter of formal educational requirements for registered architects and an early backer of the Intern Development Program. Among his committee assignments, he has chaired and been a member of the Reciprocity Impediments Task Force and several iterations of the Committee on Procedures and Documents.
Meyer was honored during NCARB's 88th Annual Meeting and Conference, held last month in Denver, CO. The President's Medal awards program was established in 1994 to recognize those individuals who dedicate part of their careers, energy, and wisdom to benefit the work of NCARB, the public, and the architectural profession.
Meyer—who holds a BA degree from Oberlin College and, LLB and JD degrees from Yale Law School—first became interested in architecture in 1962 when he hired an architect to build his home. Meyer’s professional leadership includes service as an ACLU cooperating attorney, a member of the board of directors of Blackfish Gallery, an artist’s cooperative, and a member or chair of various City Club of Portland study committees. In addition to his interest in law and architecture, Meyer enjoys photography, fishing, training dogs and farming.