Before he formed PEL•ONA Architects & Urbanists with Ronnie Pelusio in 2010, Korkut Onaran, Ph.D., worked at Wolff-Lyon Architects (, as partner principal between 2007 and 2010, and as a senior associate between 2001 and 2007. He has been teaching as an Assistant Professor Adjunct, in the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Denver, since 1997. Also, he has been the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism since its formation in 2008 (

Korkut is an urban architect with a broad knowledge of development codes and regulation cultures, a subject he explored extensively through his doctorate studies. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He published several articles on design review and local land use planning (click here to see selected publicationss). His teaching focuses on producing planning and design solutions for real world situations where students collaborate with local planning officials (click here for more info about his teaching experience). He was honored as the Mentor of the Year by AIA Colorado North in 2007.

Korkut has extensive experience in designing and managing mixed use projects, preparing master plans, and crafting development codes (click here to see examples). He has won prizes in architectural competitions including first prize in the national competition (in Turkey) titled “Small House,” second prize in the architectural competition for a mixed-use downtown complex in Kusadasi, fifth prize in the architectural competition for the Opera House and Performing Arts Center in Ankara, and fourth prize in the urban design competition for preparing a preservation master plan for Citadel District in Ankara (click here to see these projects).

Korkut has received the first prize for his poetry chapbook in 2007 Cervena Barva PressChapbook Competition, and second prize in 2006 Baltimore Review Poetry Competition. His poetry has been published in several journals (click here to see selected work). He also sings early music as a tenor in the choir Renaissance Project (

Professional Associations and Affiliations:
Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism – President
The Colorado Urbanist (A journal published by CNU Colorado) – Editor
College of Architecture and Planning, UC Denver – Assistant Professor Adjunct
Longmont Historic Preservation Commission – Board Member
Planning Institute of Colorado – Member of the Board of Directors