Architect, Urbanist and Founder
Daniel Parolek is an urban designer and architect, author, and the founding principal of Opticos Design, a B Corporation focused on equitable urban placemaking, innovative housing design and policy, and zoning reform for walkable urbanism. Daniel and his work have been featured in many high-profile publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Next City, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Curbed. Daniel has championed the Missing Middle Housing movement, launched missing middlehousing.com, and wrote the book“Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis,” which is now available from Island Press.
As a thought leader in zoning reform efforts to remove barriers for walkable urbanism, Daniel co-authored the book “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers,” with Karen Parolek and Paul C. Crawford(named one of Planetizen’s best books in 2009), and co-founded the non-profit think tank, the Form-Based Code Institute.