Since our founding in 1978, we have continued to contribute to the built environment as a design-driven real estate development firm.  We celebrate the fundamental connection between design and nature as an approach to serving the communities where we practice and the people who live there, while continuing to evolve and innovate.


We serve as the owner, the architect, the developer and the general contractor, providing unique degrees of freedom that allow us to work from a shared vision.

Our commitment to lasting design has positioned Optima as the nationally- and internationally-recognized recipient of over 50 prestigious awards, distinguishing us at the forefront of development and design.


Chicago Athenaeum

American Architecture Award

August 30, 2019

Whale Bay House


BUILD Magazine

Architecture Awards – Luxury Urban Housing Designer of the Year

September 28, 2018


Tribute Award – Developers Award for Best Community Design

May 11, 2018

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Arizona Foothills Magazine

Best Places to Live

February 1, 2018

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Best Large Urban Community

December 1, 2017

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