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Influencer: Michael Fallon Is on the Rise

The fifth-generation developer talks Kraft, Michael Jordan, and the future of Boston’s skyline.


Michael Fallon

Photo by Pat Piasecki

Like most kids, I grew up idolizing athletes and movie characters like James Bond, Ken Griffey Jr., and Michael Jordan. I have family members who played professional baseball, and I thought that meant I had a genetic upper hand in going pro. Clearly, I didn’t get those genes.

I’m fortunate to get advice from a lot of people. Jonathan Kraft has helped me navigate the intricacies of relationships within a family business, and Ed Davis, the former police commissioner, will always tell me right from wrong.

I have two favorite buildings in Boston. From an architectural and historical standpoint, I love the Custom House. From a personal standpoint, it’s One Marina Park Drive, the building where I work. My father built it in 2008, which was a brutal time to be delivering an office building, but now it marks the first phase of Fan Pier.

Fallon at a Glance

Lives a baseball’s throw from:  His office in the Seaport.
Earned two master’s degrees from:  Bentley University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Father to: A three-year-old schnauzer named Dewey.

Boston’s changing skyline has been staggering to watch. There’s been more height allowed recently; the challenge is continuing on this path while maintaining the character of the city.

One notable project we have on the horizon is a 315,000-square-foot building that will be occupied by MassMutual—one of just a handful of new LEED Platinum buildings in the city.

If I were to envision Boston in 2099, I’d say there will be dense, very tall glass buildings with outdoor space that utilize living spaces with plant life and environmental elements. Modular construction and design will cause a seismic shift in the way we build.