CANCELLED ULI Colorado Pathways to Implementation|How Missing Middle Housing Can Meet Denver's Needs


2023-03-03T11:30:00 - 2023-03-03T13:30:00

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    Grand Hyatt Denver 1750 Welton St Denver, CO 80202-3940 UNITED STATES


    Join us as we partner with CU Denver's Department of Architecture and Planning to host a luncheon and panel discussing the constraints to housing diversity in Denver and the country at large, with an emphasis on educating the public sector on methods of implementation to influence changes in various aspects such as the zoning code, building challenges, and scalability. This will also serve as an opportunity for Denver's potential new political leaders to hear what the community has to say about these topics and build their constituency by participating in solution-based conversations that bring about change. 
    Date: Friday, March 3
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Location: Grand Hyatt Denver 
    Tables of 8 are available for $500. Contact Hannah King at [email protected]  


    Keynote Speaker:
    Dan Parolek
    Founding Principal, President of Opticos Design, Inc. 

    Daniel Parolek is an urban designer and architect, author, and founding principal of Opticos Design, a B Corporation focused on equitable urban placemaking, innovative housing design and policy, and zoning reform for walkable urbanism. Daniel and his work have been featured in many high-profile publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, 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,” which is now available from Island Press.

    As a thought leader in zoning reform efforts to remove barriers to walkable urbanism, Daniel co-authored the book “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers,” with Karen Parolek and Paul C. Crawford (named one of Planetizen’s best books in 2009), and co-founded the non-profit think tank, the Form-Based Code Institute.

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    Haroun Cowans

    CEO, Goshen Development

    Haroun Cowans is a prominent social, financial, and philanthropic leader with over two decades of experience leading development and investment in the Five Points District of Denver, Colorado. Haroun is responsible for Goshen Development’s operations, client relations, partnerships, business development, and strategic leadership. Prior to founding Goshen, Haroun oversaw a $350M privately owned real estate portfolio, including development, asset management, property management, and brokerage. He has held many leadership positions in real estate and finance but considers his greatest passion his work as an associate pastor at Church in the City – Beth Abraham. Outside of ministry, Haroun is the Founder and Managing Principal of Goshen Development. Haroun has built strong relationships to the Five Points and greater Denver community through his extensive work and board appointments. Throughout his career, Haroun has held many different positions in real-estate and finance including managing retail financial branches, raising capital for startups, financial advising, financial services at Merrill Lynch, Chief Real Estate Officer and commercial real estate broker. Haroun has been appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Denver Board of Human Services and the Advisory Committee for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness. He is a board member of the following organizations: Colorado Enterprise Fund, Five Points Business Improvement District, Historic Denver, Denver Health Foundation, Denver African American Philanthropists (co-chair), and Black Resilience in Colorado. He has previously served on the boards of Denver East YMCA, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Youth Biz (chair). Notably, Haroun has been featured in the Denver Post, Denver Channel 7 News, Denver Channel 9 News, 303 Magazine, Westword, Business Den and has been cover stories for Denver Business Journal, Denver Rite and Vice Magazine.


    Rodney Milton

    Executive Director, ULI Colorado

    Raised in Denver, Rodney Milton is a passionate professional specializing in community development and retention, comprehensive planning, and unlocking the power of housing policy to ensure equitable neighborhood change. Milton holds two master’s degrees from Florida State University and a B.S. in History from Florida A & M University. He served the city of Atlanta for nearly a decade holding the position of Assistant Director of Neighborhood Revitalization in the Department of City Planning. While at the City, Rodney led or co-managed redevelopment planning for Fort McPherson, the former Turner Field and Stadium Neighborhoods, and the City’s comprehensive development plan as well as the Atlanta’s Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments. In his role as Assistant Director, he helped advance innovative approaches to “place keeping” and “place making” in distressed neighborhoods looking to grow without displacement. Following his time at the city of Atlanta, Rodney joined the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) as a Senior Housing Policy and Development Manager. The Atlanta BeltLine is a one of the most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the nation and seeks to connect 45 city of Atlanta neighborhoods through transit, trails, economic development, and affordable housing. His primary focus was ensuring ABI reached its goal of creating and preserving 5,600 quality affordable housing opportunities for residents around the BeltLine. In the year he served the BeltLine, Rodney facilitated the development of nearly 1000 affordable housing opportunities and initiated two anti-displacement programs aimed at providing assistance for renters and tax relief for homeowners experiencing rising housing costs from investments in the BeltLine. Rodney relocated to his hometown in 2020. He served the city of Aurora as its Manager of Community Development charged with the stewardship of federal funds and the implementation of the city’s Housing Strategy. Rodney's passion for equitable growth, collaboration through thoughtful convening, and leadership in land use is being realized now through his service as the executive director of ULI Colorado.


    Jeff Baker

    CEO, ADU4U

    Jeff Baker was born in Boulder, Colorado, and while only living there for the first 9 months of his life, he has lived around the state from Durango to Denver for 45 years. He is the Co-founder and CEO of ADU4U, a Colorado-based full-service design-build company focusing on building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). He has a diverse entrepreneurial background and is currently working in his third career. Jeff was a restaurateur, opening and running Steamworks Brewing Company in Durango, Colorado. Steamworks is in its 26th year continuing on the successful foundation Jeff helped build. During his 14 years in the brewpub industry, Jeff grew his business acumen and left the company as Director of Operations to pursue his second career in Medical Device Sales. Over the next 10+ years, Jeff distributed Orthopedic Medical Devices to Orthopedic surgeons spending thousands of hours providing consultation and customer service to surgeons in the operating room. He has been active within the City of Denver, and while President of Curtis Park Neighbors, he developed his vision for ADU4U. He closely followed the development of Blueprint Denver, a city-wide land use and transportation plan that included new ADU recommendations. The updated plan was approved by City Council in 2019. Jeff saw a need for the development of this type of housing and a specialist to navigate the challenges of building ADUs under current zoning and building codes. With his diverse background in customer service and running businesses, Jeff’s mind is “system based” and he knew that he could build a better system to meet the upcoming demand and provide a better service to homeowners. ADU4U is a full-service ADU design-build company providing everything “from survey to general contracting” with a customer service-based system. ADU4U handles the entire process for homeowners while giving them an unexpected and exceptional ADU building experience. Jeff and ADU4U participated in Denver’s ADU Advisory Committee and continue to advocate and educate about ADUs to grow this segment of “missing middle” housing. Jeff is always seeking to build better using construction science and is always on the lookout for cost-saving measures that don’t compromise quality or performance.


    Gosia Kung

    Director of Design, KTGY

    Gosia Kung brings nearly 30 years of experience in architecture and urban design. She has 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, along with 10 years of community leadership and executive nonprofit management practice. Gosia specializes in "missing middle" and affordable housing policy and design. She serves on the Denver Planning Board. After receiving her degree in architecture in Poland, Gosia moved to the US and focused her professional career on “human scale design”. In 2003, along with her husband Mark, she founded Kung Architecture - a full-service architectural practice focused on urban infill, community development, and commercial design. In 2011 Gosia established Colorado’s first successful pedestrian advocacy organization WalkDenver and became a nationally recognized spokesperson for walkable cities. She joined KTGY in January 2020, leveraging her experience and skills to lead a highly qualified team of architects and planners.