Still Leading After 45 Years

Surviving 45 years in the homebuilding industry is noteworthy, something Danielian Associates’ founder Art Danielian considers, along with his design innovations, among his greatest accomplishments. Indeed, Art started the movement toward “market-driven design” that, along with his contemporaries, put Orange County architecture on the map.

Art graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and worked for two architectural firms prior to opening his first office in Newport Beach in 1968. Danielian brought his own energy, passion and vision to building a firm of national and global land planners. Art is a recognized expert in innovative housing design, bringing a myriad of ideas to the homebuilding industry. In 1982, he was one of the youngest to be named an AIA Fellow, consisting of the top 2% of architects in the country.

In the ’60s, the housing boom in Orange County was getting underway, attracting LA commuters, among them executives who would begin setting up headquarters here. They were attracted to the resort atmosphere of Newport Beach, and found the neighboring Irvine Ranch inviting for offices and campus-like light industrial sites. Meanwhile, Donald Bren and partners the O’Neill family had begun development of the 10,000-acre Mission Viejo Master-Planned Community in anticipation of growing housing demand.

Danielian’s first master-planned community, Aegean Hills, opened in Mission Viejo in 1969-70. Subsequent innovations included Pentridge Cove, which debuted in 1980 during a difficult home selling period with 18-20% interest rates. As one of the earliest “themed” condo complexes, featuring Cape Cod architecture and waterscaping throughout, it earned several Gold Nugget awards and other national awards. He also brought new planning concepts to the Irvine Ranch in the mid-’80s, namely the “wide-and-shallow” lots to create more attractive streetscapes; was one of the pioneers of the “combo-condo,” with townhome style condos along with flats in the same building, clustered detached concepts and high-density detached housing.

The firm has lent its expertise in a variety of such communities nationwide, while also gaining international recognition with design assignments in countries from Japan, China, and the Middle East to Russia and Mexico.

As today’s product design continues to evolve to accommodate a wider array of lifestyles and family needs, the firm is benefiting from the melding of longtime experience with the next generation of architects and architecture.

“In 2006, we began adding shareholding principals to the existing Associates program, for a management structure which ensures a solid base into the future, while grooming young leaders from within,” said John Danielian, a principal and son of founder Art Danielian. “This is will continue the tradition of innovation and market-responsive design for which the firm is known.”

New neighborhoods designed by Danielian Associates are in the offing at Taylor Morrison Homes within the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine; in Sendero, where Ryland Homes will offer single-family homes with California-influenced styling and amenities; and Brookfield’s La Cresta neighborhood, which will open this summer with large, sophisticated floor plans in the Irvine Village of Woodbury.

Throughout the last 45 years, Danielian Associates has been widely recognized for innovation and excellence in residential design and planning with a host of national awards. The firm was recognized with Merit awards and a Grand award at the recent 2013 Gold Nugget competition for McCaffrey Homes’ The Gallery and The Heights communities at Loma Vista in Clovis, Calif.

The firm has been active and supportive of countless programs since joining BIA/OC in 1971, with Art Danielian having served as Chairman of the BIA/OC’s Affordable Housing Task Force in 1980. The task force research resulted in developing a successful affordable housing test project here in 1981.

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About Danielian Associates

Danielian Associates is an Orange County based Architecture and Planning group providing services internationally from office across the globe. Our guiding principles and goals for our clients represent Quality, Sustainability, Excellence, and Pride in Craftsmanship.