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Missing Middle Housing


What is Missing Middle Housing?

Missing Middle Housing, a concept developed by Daniel Parolek, represents a different way to think big about the housing problem. The neighborhood-centric strategy centers on diverse housing options, such as duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts, and multiplexes.

"House-scale buildings
with multiple units
in walkable neighborhoods"

Regional Solutions Event: Oct. 7, 2021

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Author and expert Daniel Parolek will discuss the opportunities of “Missing Middle Housing” types in this upcoming event. Local research will also be shared by the Utah Foundation regarding Utah’s housing market, including existing Middle Housing types.

This is a great opportunity to learn and discuss new solutions to Utah’s housing crisis.

Who: Author & Architect Daniel Parolek, as well as a panel comprised of: Rep. Steve Waldrip, Shawn Teigen, Natalie Gordon, and Nate Pugsley

When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan

Tickets: $40 per seat during early registration; $25 for students.

Lunch is included. The first 100 attendees at the event will be entered in a raffle to win one of 50 copies of Daniel Parolek's book, “Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis.”

About the Speaker

Opticos_2019_017.jpgDaniel Parolek is an urban designer, architect, author, and the founding principal of Opticos Design. Daniel and his work have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Next City, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Curbed. Daniel has championed the Missing Middle Housing movement, launched, and wrote the book “Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis.”

His innovative work includes the master plan, building type design, and architecture for Culdesac Tempe, which is fully entitled and will be the largest car-free community in the country when built in 2021. Other work includes the country’s first Missing Middle Neighborhood in the Omaha, NE metro, which is redefining Class A multifamily; a citywide form-based code for Cincinnati, Ohio; and a sustainable growth strategy for Libreville, the capital city of Gabon, Africa.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California at Berkeley.

About the Panel

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Rep. Steve Waldrip — Utah Legislator

Steve brings experience in real estate development, law, government, and public/private partnerships to his service in the Utah Legislature. He serves as co-chair on the Commission on Housing Affordability. He was elected to represent Utah House District 8 in 2018.

After completing undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, Steve received a master's degree in taxation from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Utah.

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Shawn Teigen — Utah Foundation VP & Researcher

Shawn has worked at Utah Foundation for nearly 10 years as its vice president and research director. He worked as a housing policy analyst with Community Action Partnership of Utah and for Utah's chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

He serves on the board of several organizations, including past chairperson of the Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board.

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Natalie Gordon — North Salt Lake City Council Member

Natalie supports smart growth, responsible use of city resources, and collaborative decision making. Natalie served on the Planning Commission for seven years and is currently employed by the State Board of Education as a School Trust Specialist.



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Nate Pugsley — Builder, Brighton Homes Founder & CEO

Nate has been involved in the real estate and development industry for more than 25 years. Brighton Homes has extensive experience in developing and building Missing Middle homes along the Wasatch Front. Nearly 12 years ago, since he founded Brighton Homes, it has built more than 4,500 homes across the Wasatch Front, including in Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan, Midvale, and Murray.

The five panelists will answer questions around the housing crisis submitted by attendees at the event.


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Questions? Contact Jake Young for more information at