BALA Celebrates Inductees Danielian, Dreyfus & DeWalt

Gene C. Dreyfus, Class of 2013*

Founded in 1963, The Childs Dreyfus Group (CDG) provides professional interior design services for projects throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. With an emphasis on mixed-use, multifamily, student housing, hospitality and high-rise developments, CDG has created sophisticated interiors that focus on connecting local culture and the needs of each demographic.

Arthur “Art” C. Danielian, FAIA, Class of 2018

Over the 55-plus years of his career, Art Danielian has truly made his mark on the field of residential architecture. Not only has he achieved exemplary accomplishments within the profession, he has a demonstrated history of giving back to the home building industry and providing mentoring to the next generation of architectural students and industry professionals.

Danielian pioneered innovative residential housing concepts such as the wide and shallow lot configurations, combo/condos, and various improvements of the ‘z-lots,’ all of which had a substantial and positive impact on community character in master planned communities throughout Orange County and beyond. He was one of the first architects to embrace a market-driven design model, working with each of his builder clients and market researchers to truly identify their market profiles — creating homes with tremendous absorption rates that were well loved by their buyers.

Mary DeWalt, IRM Fellow, MIRM, CMP, Class of 2022
Mary DeWalt is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of model home merchandising. She is a frequent speaker at the International Builders’ Show, as well as state and local conferences. 

In 1997, DeWalt received the coveted Master in Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) designation. She is a frequent contributor to Builder and Developer Magazine and other industry publications. 

For over 20 years, DeWalt has been active in the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, as well as national NAHB. She was the 2003 chair of the National Sales and Marketing Council and 2006 president of NAHB’s Institute of Residential Marketing. DeWalt has served on the 55+ Housing Industry Council Boards of Trustees and the NAHB Design Committee. 

DeWalt received the Trina Ripley Excellence in Education Award from NAHB’s Institute of Residential Marketing. The award was given for “her outstanding lifetime achievements in educating new home sales and marketing professionals and helping to achieve the goals of the Institute of Residential Marketing.” She also received the Bill Molster Award from the National Sales and Marketing Council in 2009.

DeWalt was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Legend in Residential Marketing.

*Has passed away since receiving the award.

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