USC Architectural Guild Lifetime Achievement Award to Be Presented to Art Danielian, FAIA

The 61st Annual USC Architectural Guild Awards will take place virtually on Tuesday, December 8th with television journalist Lisa Ling as master of ceremonies and guest speaker artist / architect Amanda Williams.

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#USC–For the first time ever, USC Architecture will recognize five honorees during next week’s 61st Annual USC Architectural Guild Awards. Among the distinguished honorees and selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is Art Danielian, FAIA of Danielian Associates Architects + Planners.

“This year’s honorees represent exceptional architectural thinking and business acumen that combine incredible design projects with thoughtful social impact. They are united in the local focus yet global reach of their work,” said Milton S. F. Curry, dean of USC Architecture. “We are so pleased to honor these talented professionals at our annual event that helps support student scholarship and programming, directly benefiting the next generation of architecture and design leaders.”

Art Danielian is the founder and chairman of Danielian Associates Architects + Planners, an international architecture and planning studio with multiple office locations. Since its inception the firm has designed over one million units of housing and amassed nearly 700 awards on over 5,500 project sites around the world.

“I am extremely honored to be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Art Danielian, FAIA. “The USC School of Architecture, Professors, and Deans truly shaped my career and my passion for the built environment. The strong foundation I received there was the springboard for my 50+ year career in the field of residential architecture.”

Art received his bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Architecture in 1963. Opting to specialize in residential housing, he became a true pioneer in the field by integrating market research and the principles of market-driven design into his architecture and planning studio. He went on to introduce many residential design innovations throughout the course of his career, including the wide and shallow lot concept and combo-condos. Among his many accolades, Art Danielian became the first architect to be inducted into the California Building Industry Association’s Hall of Fame.

About Danielian Associates

Led by a new generation of architects, Danielian Associates is an award-winning architecture and planning studio celebrating over 50 years of delivering extraordinary design. The firm’s culture celebrates its passion, creativity, and commitment to an art and science that is the foundation of the built environment. For more information, please visit

About the USC Architectural Guild

Founded in 1958, the USC Architectural Guild provides guidance and insight into real-world experiences for students beyond the classroom. The Guild encourages their alumni and non-alumni members and peers – leaders in architecture, design, construction, engineering, finance, and real estate development – to give back and lead the way in career development and mentorship. Through knowledge, networking, and know-how the Architectural Guild enriches and amplifies the USC education, inspiring architectural students to find purpose, meaning, and fulfillment in their pursuits.


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