BALA Celebrates Inductees Color Design Art, Gloss & Bassert

Color Design Art, Class of 2014

Color Design Art Inc. (CDA) — the premier model home merchandising firm — is a California-based design company that came onto the scene with its very first commission in 1970 — going on to win awards and make headlines for its groundbreaking perspective within the industry. CDA has become an influencer for many of the top industry leaders and professionals within the design community to this day.

President Beverly Trupp guides CDA towards innovation and continued success. Among her other accomplishments, Trupp wrote and published “COLOR IT HOME: A Builders Guide to Interior Design and Merchandising” in 1981, which quickly became the “how-to” book for a generation. With a style described best as “lived in,” and an eye for design, Trupp shares her knowledge of the industry and helps to further education among both the CDA and greater design communities.

Color Design Art Inc. continues to leave behind a legacy of innovation within the design community — a dynamic and critical piece of home building.

Jerry Gloss, Class of 2017

Jerry is a senior and founding partner at KGA Studio Architects PC, a nationally recognized residential architectural studio that celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. First as Knudson Associates, then as Knudson Gloss Architects, and now as KGA Studio Architects, the firm has created a legacy of excellence in residential design under Gloss’s leadership. His portfolio of work for custom and product clients has garnered a long list of awards and recognitions across the country.

Gloss’s early career as a builder was influential in achieving him a reputation for creating innovative, value-driven designs and providing service-oriented working relationships. Gloss is recognized nationally as a housing industry speaker who addresses topics of market-driven design, builder/architect relationships, and the design-build process. In 2014, Gloss was recognized by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver with the Legend award for his contributions and leadership in the housing industry.

Debra Bassert, Class of 2019

Debra Bassert served as the assistant vice president for Land Use and Design at the National Association of Home Builders for nearly 20 years and has more than 35 years of experience in land use policy, site planning, and design, most of them on behalf of NAHB.

She has overseen a team that provides strategic policy assistance on federal, state and local land use and design regulations, as well as guided development of extensive resources on a wide range of issues, including land development, housing affordability, infrastructure financing and national design trends. Her advocacy efforts have focused on reasonable regulations, take-home educational value, best practices and on-the-ground success stories.

She served as editor-in-chief of NAHB’s online news source Best in American Living—Redefining Home and Community since its launch in 2013 and as editor of NAHB’s Land Development magazine for several years, which was published from 1988 until 2013. Her team also managed and promoted NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards program.

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