John Wolff, AIA
Principal

John's wide range of experience has given him a unique understanding of many of the problems we face in the built environment today. John has traveled and lived extensively in South and Central America and in Europe. He has played the roles of carpenter, general contractor, Architect, Developer, and Chairman of the Planning Commission. His work has led him from small projects where he controlled and built every detail, to the larger problems of affordable housing and town making. This fusion between large and small, between design and construction, between architecture and planning has been at the core of his professional life.

John's experience as a developer and general contractor enables him to evaluate a project from a financial point of view and make informed decisions during the design process. He works closely with clients to create building programs and fine-tune development strategies.

John is a co-founder of the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide affordable home-ownership opportunities for Boulder residents. AHA recently developed 14 units in the Holiday Neighborhood in North Boulder.

John graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and went on to the University of Colorado for his Masters Degree in Architecture. He is a licensed Architect in Colorado and is NCARB certified. John served five years on the City of Boulder Planning Board and has taught architecture and housing policy at the University of Colorado.

Professional Associations and Activities:

Current:
American Institute of Architects - Member
Affordable Housing Alliance - President
Congress for the New Urbanism - Member
Architects and Planners of Boulder - Member
Stapleton Design Review Committee - Member
Historic Boulder - Member

Previous:
City of Boulder Planning Board - Member & Chair
City of Boulder Landmarks Board - Member
Chamberlain Historic District Guidelines Steering Committee - Member
Whittier Historic District Design Guidelines Steering Committee - Member
Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association Steering Committee - Member
Pearl Street Corridor Planning Committee - Member

 

Tom Lyon, AIA
Principal

Tom and John met at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Colorado, and in 1975, formed the partnership of Wolff Lyon Architects combining their complementary talents. Their work has focused on traditional neighborhood design, affordable housing and mixed-use development. Tom and John have been Architect, Contractor and occasionally Developer on a variety of projects over the years.

Tom oversees the design and documentation processes of the firm as well as fully illustrating designs with distinctive color renderings. His strong background in studio art is revealed in his imaginative and often playful designs. Tom has the ability to quickly sketch possible solutions to a problem so they can be evaluated by the client and other members of the design team.

Tom is a member of the Stapleton Design Review Committee along with his partner John. In that capacity, he has impact on many of the decisions relative to the residential component of the development.

Tom was a founding member of the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA), a non-profit organization established in 1991 dedicated to providing affordable home-ownership opportunities in Boulder. AHA recently developed 14 units at the Holiday Neighborhood in North Boulder.

Tom holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado. He is a licensed Architect in the states of Colorado and New Hampshire, and is NCARB certified. Tom is also a licensed general contractor and a skilled carpenter. His work has won many awards and has been featured in numerous national publications.

Professional Associations and Activities:

Current:
American Institute of Architects - Member
Affordable Housing Alliance - Member
Congress for the New Urbanism - Member
Architects and Planners of Boulder - Member
Stapleton Design Review Committee - Member
Historic Boulder - Member

Previous:
Pearl Street Corridor Planning Committee - Member
Collage Children's Museum - Design Consultant
University of Colorado College of Architecture - Visiting Lecturer & Juror
Pedestrian Conference - Sponsor

 

Korkut Onaran
Principal

Korkut joined the firm in 2001 and became a Principal in 2007. He is an urban architect with a broad knowledge of development codes and regulation cultures, a subject he explored extensively through his doctorate studies. He is also an Assistant Professor Adjunct and has been teaching at the University of Colorado since 1997.

He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published several articles on design review and local land use planning, and 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. In 2007, Korkut received the American Institute of Architects' Colorado North Chapter Mentor of the Year Award.

Korkut, also a poet, received second prize in the 2006 Baltimore Review Poetry Competition. His poetry has been published in journals including: Penumbra, Rhino, Peralta, Colere, Writer’s Journal, Water - Stone Review, Bayou, and White Pelican Review.

Current Professional Associations and Activities:
Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) - President
The Colorado Urbanist (a journal published by CNU-Colorado) - Editor
Congress for the New Urbanism - Member
Planning Institute of Colorado, Board of Directors - Member
University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning - Assistant Professor Adjunct

 

Jim Walker
Senior Associate

Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and brings to Wolff Lyon a depth of experiences and talents in the Architecture and Construction fields. His studies at Auburn centered around Architecture and construction. After graduating from architecture school he spent time developing his carpentry skills working on various aspects of the trade from framing to finish carpentry.

Jim migrated north to New York City where he worked on a range of international and domestic work on both large-scale residential buildings and high-end single family projects. While in New York he worked in the offices of Architect Paul Rudolph and the Design/Build firm of Peter Gluck and Partners where he continued to develop his interest in the relationship of construction and architecture. He focused on both Residential Design work as well as Construction and Construction Administration under Gluck. During his tenure with the design/build firm he was transferred to Chicago to lead the Construction of large high-end residences there. At the close of those projects Jim joined an Architectural firm in downtown Chicago specializing in large multi-family and mixed-use projects.

Since joining Wolff Lyon in 2001, he has been responsible for guiding large scale projects, such as Miller Ranch, through the process from the early phases of the public process, to the design and to the completion of construction. Managing construction projects with an architectural background has provided Jim with the experiences to guide complicated projects successfully and adds to the depth of the well rounded staff at Wolff Lyon Architects.

 

Ronnie Pelusio, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Ronnie is a licensed Architect with a diverse, well-rounded and detail oriented palette of skills. He has helped to manage and lead teams through all phases of the design and construction processes from master plan to building design to construction management. He oversees the production of drawings in-house, coordinates these drawings with the various consultants and carries out the duties of construction administration. Ronnie is capable of sketching an idea by hand, creating construction documents and animating 3-D computer models.

Exemplary projects include the Phase II cottages of the Wellington Neighborhood (160 units), the mixed-use award winning buildings at Mason Street North (20 residential units – 16,500 SF office), and Dartmouth College’s Rivercrest community (260 units).

Ronnie’s interest in design and construction are also expressed in his passion for woodworking and furniture making. His commitment to community development is apparent with his involvement as the president of his 77 unit HOA, a Wolff Lyon project in which he served as construction administrator.

Ronnie is a LEED accredited professional. He received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Communications from Ithaca College. He initiated a hydrology research project in Botswana and has worked for the U.S.G.S. as a biologist in the deserts of the Southwest. He received his Masters in Architecture from Syracuse University and studied abroad in the architecturally and culturally rich country of Italy. Ronnie has found a perfect match as a member of the Wolff Lyon team.

Current Professional Associations and Activities:
American Institute of Architects – Member
Congress for the New Urbanism – Member
Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism - Board Member
U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Accredited Professional
Holiday Neighborhood Master HOA - Board Member

 

 
 
 

 

Holly Holderby
Bookkeeper

Holly was born and raised in West Virginia, though Boulder and the surrounding area has been “home” for more than 25 years. In 2002, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communication. Within the Wolff Lyon realm, Holly keeps tabs on the bookkeeping, and she assists with property management. She says she loves her job for two main reasons: all of her bright and witty colleagues with whom to share comic material and the schedule flexibility it affords her. Outside these walls, Holly enjoys biking, hiking, and hanging out with her daughter, Jordan.

 

Andrei Bytchenko
Property Manager

Coming Soon.

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