Daniel Parolek
  • Founding Principal
  • Credentials: AIA
  • Dog Breed: Pug
  • Bicycle: Hybrid-Commuter

A visionary architect and strategist who combines a unique understanding of urban places with a Midwest sensibility

Dan’s passion for helping people design and plan better communities began with his small-town upbringing in Columbus, Nebraska, which inspired a lifelong interest in studying American towns and how they work best. He is the driving force behind the movement for “Missing Middle Housing,” a term he coined in 2010, which has been covered by The Washington PostProfessional Builder, NextCity, On Common Ground (National Association of Realtors), Planetizen and AARP.

Dan has a deep understanding of the collaborative process that goes into designing and building communities and towns, and has a long track record of successful partnerships on projects ranging from small infill to large master plans. He is particularly focused on developing housing that meets the needs of a changing demographic audience and allowing builders and developers to target their projects for the widest possible range of buyers.

In addition, as an international expert in Form-Based Coding, Dan is a sought-after partner in bringing place-based thinking to zoning. He is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and co-author of the seminal book: Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers.

Daniel's Thoughts:
Missing Middle Housing Forum, Portland, Oregon
Missing Middle Housing Forum, Portland, Oregon
Exploring Missing Middle Housing with ULI Idaho
Exploring Missing Middle Housing with ULI Idaho