Where Diplomacy Meets Design
Navigating the cultural waterways of international land development for success on foreign shores
In a world where decreased land availability and increased NIMBY opposition regularly join forces to bar the path of development, it takes more than ingenuity and determination to stay afloat in the oftentimes turbulent housing market. So how can you overcome the obstacles and continue to thrive — even when record highs give way to disheartening lows?
By thinking bigger than your own backyard.
Builder and Developer recently spoke with one such firm who decided to take its show on the road — and with projects stretching from California to Mexico and the Black Sea to Japan, it’s fair to say the international audience is pleased.
Although many members of the residential building and land development community may view international opportunities as not-so-proverbial foreign soil, for Irvine, Calif.-based Danielian Associates Architecture + Planning it was virtually second-nature.
“The excitement and challenge of working on foreign projects and the possibility of expanding our geographic design services triggered our interest in international projects,” says Arthur C. Danielian, FAIA, president of Danielian Associates. “In the 1980s, we were initially attracted to projects in Germany and Euro Disney in France; later on, we responded to the 1994 Kobe earthquake in Japan with emergency housing design that led to more work — culminating with a Gold Nugget Award for the ‘Street of Dreams’ single-family homes in Yokohama. This success expanded our exposure and interests into China and beyond.”
With more than nine languages spoken in its Southern California office, it’s no small wonder that Danielian Associates has enjoyed its fair share of success in the international market. Thanks to a non-ethnocentric corporate culture, this design firm is able to consistently deliver innovative product to accommodate a wide range of divergent socioeconomic and environmental conditions.