Architect Harry M. Falconer Jr., FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM, was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by The Boston Architectural College during the college’s commencement exercises on May 24, 2019. Falconer is the vice president of the Experience + Education Department for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
The college awards honorary degrees to celebrate the achievements of “remarkable individuals who have, throughout their lives and careers, displayed an extraordinary commitment to advance in the design professions.” As a recipient, Falconer joins a distinguished group of approximately 50 people who have significantly contributed to society and the profession, including renowned architect Moshe Safdie and past NCARB presidents George B. Terrien and Peter Steffian, FAIA.
“Harry’s vision has transformed the ways in which architectural education converges with the profession,” said the Boston Architectural College’s President Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP. “We are pleased to honor Harry for his transformative vision and work within architectural education and the profession.”
As NCARB’s vice president 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 established an ongoing outreach program to ensure that all stakeholders—including 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 NCARB’s programs. Falconer was also instrumental in launching the organization’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative, which The Boston Architectural College’s Bachelor and Master of Architecture degree programs have been accepted into. IPAL options allow students to complete their experience and examination requirements for licensure while earning a degree.
In 2010, Falconer was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by Past President Andrew W. Prescott, AIA, and in 2017 he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Falconer holds an NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is licensed in Virginia.