Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Karen Parolek, Vice Chair

Karen Parolek Principal
Opticos Design, Inc.
2100 Milvia Street, Suite 125
Berkeley, CA 94704

Clarity, simplicity, and ease-of-use are core values of modern form-based codes. Karen Parolek is leading the way towards establishing standards of code usability and communicating those standards to a growing FBC community of practice. As a graphic designer with an extensive background in designing web sites, software, signage, and planning documents, Karen creates standard setting codes. With her husband, Dan Parolek, and the late Paul Crawford, she helped design and write the definitive book on FBCs, Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers. She lectures frequently on form-based codes and city design.