#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Harry Falconer, AIA

AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Harry M. Falconer, Jr., AIA, director of experience and education at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), will be joining us for our March 23 discussion on The License Dilemma, the first installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register  via AIA|DC).



FalconerHHarry Falconer joined NCARB in 2006. As Director of Experience + Education, he leads the directorate to provide professional support for the Intern Development Program (IDP) as well as NCARB’s education-related programs including the NCARB Education Standard, NCARB Award, Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Foreign Architect Certification programs, and continuing education initiatives. He is also responsible for administration of the Council’s outreach initiative to schools, professional conferences, and firms; and management of the IDP Coordinators program.

Falconer’s career in architecture includes over 22 years in practice prior to joining NCARB’s team.  He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is licensed to practice architecture in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, has been certified as a construction documents technologist by the Construction Specifications Institute, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. In 2010, Falconer was awarded NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, for his leadership in the Intern Development Program (IDP).

Mr. Falconer shared some thoughts on licensure with us to spark conversation for the March 23 panel:

Licensure is as valuable today as it has always been. It signifies to the public that one is an architect, and that the architect has been trained to protect the public in the built environment. The point at which one gets a license varies greatly from architect to architect.  The value of a license to practice architecture is the same no matter when it’s obtained.  It’s the same license for everyone.

We know that there are many opportunities in the design industry.  Personally and professionally, I don’t understand anyone who goes to school for 5 – 7 years to get an architecture degree and immediately does something other than become an architect.  I firmly believe that one should get licensed first – then move on if one finds happiness in their work doing something other than buildings.  It’s much harder to go through the process later – after years away from the practice.

Mr. Falconer will be joined by:

Moderated by: Elizabeth (E.B.) Kinkel, Assoc. AIA – View Dynamic Glass

WHEN: March 23, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.




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