Hall of Fame

The Best in American Living™ Awards Hall of Fame program honors individuals and firms who have been housing industry thought leaders and significantly influenced the residential design and construction field through their success in their professions. We would not be here, experiencing our lives in the way we do, if these individuals had not envisioned and executed the design improvements we have enjoyed over the last 30 plus years.

Congratulations to the 2018 Best in American Living Awards Hall of Fame Inductees, and thank you for your continued contributions to design excellence in the residential building industry.


Jillian Pritchard Cooke

Jillian Pritchard Cooke is the founder of Wellness Within Your Walls, which aims to connect the global family with healthy eco-sensitive products that result in beautiful, sustainable, non-toxic environments. Cooke is also the founder of interior design firm DES-SYN which was established in 1991 and primarily services the residential building industry. She opened BEE in Atlanta, GA in 2010, a unique retail boutique promoting fashion and home furnishing products that meet the GOTS, WWYW, SFC, and Cradle to Cradle standards. Cooke has more than 30 years of experience with design projects in New York, Philadelphia, Boston Los Angeles, London, and Atlanta.


Arthur C. Danielian, FAIA

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 homebuilding 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.


Mike Kephart

Mike Kephart is the founder of Kephart Architects, a firm focused on the design of residential communities. In 2008, Kephart retired from the practice he had led since 1973. The concept of “housing for later life” consumed his attention after retirement, both for his own needs and the growing demographic of people who enjoy years beyond age 50. He co-authored a book about the phenomenon, called ‘Building for Boomers.’ Kephart also continued his passion for housing by founding Sidekick Homes. ‘Sidekicks’ are accessory dwelling units that can be placed on single-family lots adjacent to existing homes or as new construction. 

2017 Inductees

Lita Dirks

Jerry Gloss

Habitat for Humanity

2016 Inductees

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning

Andres Duany

Art Rutenberg

Sanford Steinberg

Marc Thee

Robert I. Toll

2015 Inductees

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr.

Victor Mirontschuk

James Sattler

2014 Inductees

Color Design Art

Bruce Downing & Jim Leach

Dana Eggerts

William Kreager

Heather McCune

David Weekley

2013 Inductees

Gene E. Dreyfus

Donald Evans

Walter Richardson

Edward Robson

The Green Company

2008 Inductees

Aram Bassenian & Carl W. Lagoni

Barry A. Berkus

Jack Bloodgood

Capital Pacific Holdings

Christopher Homes

Roy L. Diez

Carole P. Eichen

J. Carson Looney

Stephen C. Moore

Taylor Morrison