Art Danielian founded his business in 1968 with no money at all, but was determined to create his own company and his own destiny. Since that day Danielian Associates of Irvine, California has become a firm of national and global land planners. Art is a recognized expert in innovative housing design, bringing a multitude of ideas to the homebuilding industry.
Art credits staying in business for 34 years during the ups and downs of the economy, and his design innovations as his greatest accomplishments. Never fearing failure, he remembers the feeling of running scared with a positive attitude. He believes in hard work and being tenacious. His high energy and passion for work are contagious, reaching out to 50 employees, some of whom have been with him for 21 years. He thinks "going to work every day is like going to a candy factory". Born and raised in Pasadena, his recipe for confidence is to "jump in and make it happen".
Art contributes as an educator and mentor for thousands of the industry's most accomplished professionals, and he was recognized nationally in 1998 with the Rodney Radom Award, in 1994 with the Max C. Tipton Award, and was advanced to the College of Fellows of the AlA in 1982.
Art's pioneering spirit has inspired many of the building industry's high-profile events. One program he initiated was PCBC's "Meet the Experts", ongoing seminars at the annual CBIA convention. He also originated the MAME Awards with Peter Mayer.
He is an active member of many building industry groups generously contributing time and financial aid to organizations such as Home Aid America and Olive Crest in Orange, providing services for at-risk youth.
He has served as Chairman of the BIA/OC's Affordable Housing Task Force, and has supported countless programs since joining the BIA/OC in 1971.
Art Danielian is the first architect to be inducted into the CBIF Hall of Fame. Congratulations Art for contributing immeasurably to your community, the advancement of your profession, and for elevating the architect's role in the homebuilding industry.