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“The building Opticos designed for me is certainly the coolest live/work and top three overall in our South Main project. I really like the composition of the interior spaces and window locations. This is a good example of a building that is just as good on the inside as the outside, which is, quite certainly, not easy to achieve.”

- Jed Selby, President, South Main Development Corp
Opticos designs buildings of all scales to support walkable communities—from quaint cottages to urban structures
South Main Live/Work Units, Buena Vista, Colorado
Livermore Village, Livermore, California
Tropical Building Types, Libreville, Gabon, Africa
Daybreak Mews Homes, South Jordan, Utah
Frisco Square Multifamily, Frisco, Texas
Hamilton Square Infill Housing, Novato, California

Simply put, we know how to design good, urban buildings that effectively engage, define, and activate the streetscape, and that respond to the surrounding context. We also specialize in traditional styles of architecture rooted in the history, climate, and culture of a region, and clients love our ability to practically apply our knowledge to create buildings that seamlessly fit into the community. Our expertise enables clients to create great buildings that reinforce high-quality, walkable urban environments, effectively respond to a market that is demanding living choices in these walkable urban places, and capture the value that is inherent in providing those choices.

Clients often approach us when they want to explore innovative options for a non-typical or legacy project, to build a strong brand associated with high-quality, walkable urban places, or when they want an architect who speaks the language of planning staff and understands the voices of the community.

Our architecture work ranges from creative, multi-unit housing types (focused on Missing Middle Housing) to commercial and mixed-use buildings. Our portfolio also includes pavilions, amenity buildings, and civic/public buildings that reinforce walkable urban places. Specific services include:

  • Site selection for walkable urban projects and infill in walkable urban contexts
  • Site capacity studies/due diligence, with a strength in challenging sites
  • Full architectural services encompassing design and project management
  • Design architect services in collaboration with production-oriented firms
  • Missing Middle Housing unit plan design
  • Design review and consultation to improve the design of existing urban project plans
  • Public engagement to build support for a project