International Builders' Show
February 9-11, 2021
Orlando, FL
FEB 9-11, 2021

Karen Parolek

Opticos Design, Inc.
Berkeley, California

Karen’s efforts redesigning zoning codes for cities in the U.S. and abroad have helped revolutionize the way we regulate land development in our communities to reinforce more walkable, sustainable places and have led to her recognition as a national expert in Form-Based Coding and zoning reform. She is co-author of the book “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers” (Wiley, 2008). In 2010, Opticos Design coined the term "Missing Middle Housing" and later created as a resource for all. Karen is regularly invited to speak with organizations around the country about this effective housing affordability solution (especially in light of the housing crisis facing many U.S. cities) and critical element of walkable communities. Committed to developing better ways of running a business, Karen led Opticos to become a founding B Corporation in 2007 and a California Benefit Corporation in 2012—new types of impact-driven companies committed to a triple bottom line of social, environmental and fiscal responsibility.

Sessions where you can hear Karen Parolek during IBS:

Legal Disclaimer: Presenters providing educational programs for the NAHB international Builders’ Show® (“IBS”) submit their own biographical information and any accompanying handouts for use by the National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”). NAHB provides these materials for general information purposes only and does not guarantee the content or accuracy of any information provided by Presenters that may be used during the IBS, printed in IBS publications, or posted on this web site.
NAHB logo

IBS logo
  • 1201 15th St NW
    Washington, DC 20005

Select Your Language