Letter from Archbishop LittleMy architectural journey began in Munich, Germany and continued in Melbourne in 1959, the year I migrated to Australia. I worked in the design team of Bates Smart McCutchen until 1960 before moving to Yuncken Freeman Architects where I stayed until 1970, holding the position of Senior Designer and Associate. I left the company and my friend and mentor Roy Simpson (RAIA Gold Medalist) in 1970 to start my own practice.

St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne became my first project, becoming the Cathedral's architect, working for three Archbishops until the completion of the restoration of the Cathedral in 1977. The 5th Archbishop, James Knox invited me to Rome after he became Cardinal of the Curia in 1973. I worked in Rome for a year to install a new sanctuary at Chiera Nnova in 1974. this work prompted me to do a Diploma conservation course at york, taking on the design and restoration of heritage buildings as a major part of my project. Arthur Andronas joined the firm in the early 1980s which later lead to the creation of Falkinger Andronas Pty Ltd. Arthur became the firm's sole director in 1998 and I continued as a consultant to the company until 2009.

Queen's Birthday Honour

Order of Australia (AO) Award for distinguished service to heritage architecture presented in 2012. (further details)

RAIA Awards

National Awards
St Pauls Cathedral — Melbourne (further details)

State Awards
Rialto Facade — Australia
John George Knight Award — St Patrick's Cathedral
St Francis Church — Melbourne
St Patrick's Cathedral — Ballarat
3 Treasury Place — East Melbourne (Conservation Architects for Perrott, Lyon Mathieson)

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Fund

Richard Falkinger AO was inspired to set up a charitable fund account (Falkinger Heritage Fund) after relying on donations from benefactors to fund his own Gothic Revival cathedral restoration projects in Melbourne. (further details)