NCARB Staff and Volunteers Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

2016-2017 NCARB First Vice President/President-elect Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB; Director of Experience + Education Harry M. Falconer Jr., FAIA, NCARB; and Senior Architect and Advisor to the CEO Stephen Nutt, FAIA, NCARB, CAE, were elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

This distinguished fellowship recognizes architects for both their individual achievements and excellence, and their significant contributions to society and the profession. Erny, Falconer, and Nutt were honored for “coordinating the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related organizations.” The 2017 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony during the annual AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, FL.

Gregory L. Erny, FAIA, NCARB

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Over his two decades of dedicated service, Erny has been a valuable member of numerous NCARB committees and task forces, especially focusing his efforts on the development of the Architect Registration Examination®(ARE®). He has also served on the Professional Conduct, Procedures and Documents, and Professional Development committees. By virtue of his position as NCARB First Vice President/President-elect, Erny will become NCARB President in July 2017.

Throughout his career, Erny has served in several positions on the NCARB Board of Directors, including terms as second vice president, secretary, and regional director of NCARB’s Western Region 6. He is also a member of the Nevada Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design, serving as chair from 2011-2013. Erny is actively involved in the AIA Northern Nevada chapter and his local community.

A graduate of Ball State University, Erny holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in Nevada and California. Learn more about First Vice President Erny.

Harry M. Falconer Jr., FAIA, NCARB

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As NCARB’s Director of Experience + Education, Falconer has led the advancement of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) since 2007. Throughout his tenure, Falconer has driven many changes to streamline and remove barriers from the path to licensure while maintaining programmatic rigor. These include the recent realignment of the AXP and its new portfolio option, which launched in June 2016.

Falconer also established an ongoing outreach program to ensure that all stakeholders—students, emerging professionals, educators, and practitioners—are informed about the licensure process. He played an integral part in NCARB’s 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture, which informs the development of all of NCARB’s programs, especially the AXP and the ARE.

In 2010, Falconer was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by Past President Andrew W. Prescott, AIA.

A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Falconer holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in Virginia.

Stephen Nutt, FAIA, NCARB, CAE

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As senior architect, Nutt serves as advisor to NCARB’s CEO, the Council's committees, and special projects. He leads the negotiation of NCARB’s mutual recognition agreements with foreign countries in an effort to promote international reciprocity—the most recent of these is the Mutual Recognition Arrangement between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, which took effect in January 2017.

Nutt was also the first manager of the computerized ARE and has served as a driving force in the improvement and development of many of NCARB’s programs since joining the organization in 1997.

In 2003, Nutt was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by Past President C. Robert Campbell, FAIA. And in 2014, Nutt was awarded the Consejo Nacional de Registro de la Certificación Profesional medal for distinguished service to the profession by CONARC Past President Maribel Fisher.

A graduate of Kansas State University, Nutt holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in Virginia.

NCARB Volunteers

Several NCARB volunteers were also elected to the College of Fellows: Lisa Gomperts, FAIA, who is currently serving on NCARB’s FY17 Education Committee; Kwendeche, FAIA, who has served on several NCARB committees related to the ARE; North Carolina Member Board Member John H. Tabor, FAIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, who served on NCARB’s ARE 4.0 Item Development Subcommittee; and Texas Board of Architectural Examiners Chair Debra J. Dockery, FAIA, NCARB.