Daniel Parolek is the founding principal of Opticos Design in Berkeley, California. He has a passion for working with clients to create healthy sustainable communities through the application of New Urbanist planning principles. Dan has won three international design competitions, for designs ranging from a new gateway in Washington, D.C., to a regional growth strategy for California’s Central Valley. Prior to founding Opticos Design, Dan worked with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City, a internationally known architect who planned the New Urbanist community of Celebration in Florida. Dan is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and the Northern California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is co-author, with Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford, of the authoritative book Form-Based Codes (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).