We are the chief architects of the Missing Middle Housing movement.
Opticos principal Daniel Parolek coined the term Missing Middle Housing in 2010, transforming the national conversation about the need for more diverse housing choices at affordable prices. Since then, we’ve been driving a radical paradigm shift, urging architects, urban planners, and builders to fundamentally rethink the way they design, locate, regulate and develop homes. Americans want and need more diverse housing choices in walkable neighborhoods; homes that are attainable, sustainable and beautifully designed.
“Opticos worked closely with us to design a beautiful, diverse neighborhood... It’s been a true pleasure working with them to fulfill my vision.”— Jerry Reimer, Co-founder, Urban Village Development
Prairie Queen Missing Middle Neighborhood
The country's first new neighborhood made up entirely of Missing Middle Housing
South Main Live/Work
Buena Vista, Colorado
Incubating a neighborhood main street and providing housing choices