Over 20 years of innovation and placemaking

For over 2 decades, our urban design, planning, and architecture services have addressed the increasing demand for walkable urban places accessible to local communities with a unique people-first approach. We have worked with like-minded, innovative clients to improve and create places to meet resident needs with a lasting legacy.

Who We Partner With

Private Sector Services

  • Site/Master Planning

    One of our core strengths is to tackle complex sites—ranging from one lot or acre to several hundred acres, balancing placemaking and yield, while creating vibrant communities.

  • Architecture

    We have designed architecture in walkable communities across the country. Our work includes innovative residential housing types (including Missing Middle) that deliver much-needed housing choices; mixed-use buildings that repair the urban fabric; and civic/public/amenity buildings to reinforce a unique community identity. All of our architecture is rooted in the place it is designed for.

  • Missing Middle Housing

    With over 20 years of research, design, and market understanding, we provide site planning and architecture as well as access to a wide network of experts to collaborate with throughout the country. Clients utilize our expertise and reputation for speaking events, public engagement, and graphic communication to build support for projects.

  • Strategic Advising for Entitlement

    We have a national reputation with planners for form-based code and zoning expertise, design excellence, and Missing Middle Housing thought leadership. Recognizing the value of our design, planners are often excited to see that a developer has brought us on board.

  • Architectural Design Guidelines & Pattern Books

    To reinforce the unique and high-quality brand of a project and to ensure quality implementation we often create architectural standards, guidelines, and pattern books.

  • Public Engagement and Communication

    We have a toolbox of public engagement tools ranging from hands-on design charrettes and the use of 3D printed models to interactive digital platforms that enable us to create a custom and effective engagement strategy. We provide forums for community to gather and provide feedback while building support for projects.

  • New Zoning/Development Standards for Entitlement Packages/Development Agreement

    To implement our master plans effectively and predictably for our clients and the communities, we often write new zoning/form-based coding as a component of the entitlement package.

Public Sector Services

Opticos facilitated a learning environment and fostered a creativity that I hadn’t seen from the Planning Directors in past project work…I don’t think this project would have been as successful without the Opticos team. Their expertise in the subject matter allowed them to adapt to the jurisdictions changing needs and create additional service products that assured each jurisdiction that the Objective Design and Development Standards could be customized for their needs. The creative analysis Opticos created helped us see the County in a different way and provided a good foundation for joint work in the future.

— Jillian Zeiger, AICP, Planner, Housing and Federal Grants Division, County of Marin

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
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