Queen's Birthday Honour

In 2012 Richard Falkinger was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) "for distinguished service to heritage architecture, particularly the restoration and conservation of ecclesiastical structures, to philanthropy, and through support for young architects.

In 2009, the firm he helped found, Falkinger Andronas Pty Ltd, was recognised by a Royal Australian Institute of Architects State Award the Lachlan Macquarie national award for Heritage Architecture for its work on the Cathedral over the previous eight years.

Mr Falkinger, who has served as Surveyor of Cathedral Fabric at St Paul's, has overseen the restoration, renewal and conservation work on more than 50 Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in a career spanning about 50 years. He also has been recognised for his work on the restoration of St Patrick's Cathedral in the1990s."

National and state awards

The work done on St Paul's Cathedral recognised in the RAIA national Lachlan Macquarie Award has been described as follows:

“A strong message from the jury concerns heritage. The named award to Falkinger Andronas for their restoration of William Butterfield et al’s St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne is an accolade for nearly a decade of extraordinary work that has gone largely unsung. The same firm was responsible for the restoration of William Wardell’s blue stone masterpiece St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. This is specialist work and represents the maintenance of excellence and the fostering of a concept of patrimony. It’s a special form of stewardship.”

The jury's citation for the RAIA national award reads as follows: