The ABCs of Form-Based Codes

Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The ABCs of Form-Based Codes
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Millennium Gate
395 17th Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30363
United States

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Increasingly, Americans want to live and work in walkable communities with transit options - when such communities are available. Policy makers now realize the best way to reduce carbon emissions is to develop in a more compact urban pattern. Nevertheless, poor urban design persists. Why? Unless the right implementation tools are used, better design is difficult to mandate.

Join us to learn about Form-Based Coding, the widely accepted solution! The Form-Based Codes Institute is pleased to offer its introductory course at a greatly reduced registration fee.

9.0 AIA CES and APA AICP credits are available for this course.

Course Instructors: Dan Parolek, Joseph Kohl, Bill Spikowski
and Sam Poole

Daniel Parolek
Daniel Parolek is the co-author of the first comprehensive book on Form-Based Codes, titled “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers,” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008 which has been called “the handbook” of Form-Based Coding by reviewers. He is a practicing architect and urbanist whose passion is creating and revitalizing sustainable urban places. Daniel is a founding board member of the Form-Based Code Institute and founding principal of Opticos Design, Inc. based in Berkeley, California. Opticos is one of 12 Bay Area founding B Corporations who made a commitment to a triple bottom line of social, environment, and fiscal responsibility. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. For more about Dan Parolek click here.

Bill Spikowski
Bill Spikowski is a veteran advisor to local governments, preparing community plans, redevelopment plans, and codes for cities and counties that aren't willing to settle for today's sprawling development patterns. He has become a pioneer in using form-based codes to translate bold visions of the future into local regulations. Bill is a frequent lecturer on innovative planning and coding techniques, an officer and founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute, and a regular instructor at FBCI workshops across the country. Prior to forming his consulting firm in 1992, he served as growth management director for Lee County, Florida. He also serves on the Fort Myers Planning Board and is a co-founder and officer of the Calusa Land Trust & Nature Preserve. For more about Bill Spikowski click here.

Sam Poole
Samuel E. Poole, III is a graduate of the University of Florida, B.S. in Forestry, cum laude (1970); the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Regional Planning (1976); and Northwestern University, J.D., cum laude and Order of the Coif (1985). He brings more than fifteen years of experience in both conventional and new urbanist development approaches. Sam has prepared numerous comprehensive plans, plan amendments, and form based codes that enable development of mixed use, neotraditional neighborhoods and buildings. As Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District from 1994 to 1999, Sam directed a staff of 1,700 with annual budgets of $450-500 million to repair and protect South Florida’s water supply and flood mitigation system. He joined Berger Singerman in 1999 and presently serves as the Administrative Law Team Manager. For more about Sam Poole click here.

Joseph Kohl
Joseph Kohl has practiced with Dover, Kohl & Partners based in Coral Gables, Florida since 1987. His clients have taken him across the United States and around the world to create master plans and development regulations for existing neighborhoods and new communities. Joe has co-authored form-based codes for several Florida municipalities and for Hercules CA, Beaufort SC, Lemont IL, and Jeddah Saudi Arabia. He serves the Form-Based Codes Institute as board member and treasurer. Joe has degrees in architecture and urbanism from Virginia Tech and the University of Miami. For more about Joseph Kohl click here.


Contact Information

  • Alan Mammoser
    Phone: 312.731.4701

Payment Instructions

  • Pricing:
    $250 per person
    (includes light breakfast and lunch)

    Payment by MC, VISA and Check
    Please make check or money order payable to:

    Form-Based Codes Institute

    Mail your payment to:
    Attn: Alan Mammoser
    Form-Based Codes Institute
    333 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 510
    Chicago, IL 60601

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