About Us

The Congress for the New Urbanism, CNU, views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, environmental deterioration, loss of agricultural lands and wilderness, and the erosion of society’s built heritage as one interrelated community-building challenge.  In response, CNU promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development as an environmentally, socially and economically responsible solution to the challenges of community building. CNU engages our multidisciplinary members in reforming industry practice.  Read the Charter of the New Urbanism

CNU Colorado is the statewide chapter of CNU.  Since 2009, we’ve been dedicated to sharing and growing our intellectual capital, provoking ideas & discussion, and celebrating urbanism in Colorado.  The Chapter founders are Wolf-Lyon Architects and Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP.

Contact us at colorado@cnu.org


Korkut Onaran, Ph.D.
CNU Colorado President
Pel-Ona Architects and Urbanists, 4676 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D. is an architect specializing in new urban development and codes and regulations. He is the owner principal of Pel-Ona Architects and Urbanists. An assistant professor adjunct at the University of Colorado, in 2007 he received the American Institute of Architects’ Colorado North Chapter Mentor of the Year Award. Onaran has won numerous prizes in architectural competitions in his native Turkey and for his poetry, which has been published in many journals. He is President of the CNU Colorado and the editor of The Colorado Urbanist.

Cheney Brooke Bostic
CNU Colorado Vice President
Studio Insite, Senior Urban Designer, www.studio-insite.com

Cheney is a Senior Urban Designer at Studio Insite. She joined the CNU-Colorado Board following her role as Project Chair and contributing author for the Regional Projects book for CNU 17: Colorado Urbanizing. Cheney also serves on the local USGBC chapter LEED-ND subcommittee. She lives in the “old” urbanist neighborhood of Capitol Hill, but practices new urbanist principles everyday by biking or busing to work, walking to nightlife and restaurants, and living in an accessory dwelling unit! Cheney enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking and playing guitar.

Michael Copeland
CNU Colorado Member at Large
Norris Design, Senior Associate, http://www.norris-design.com

Mike, a senior landscape designer and land planner, works at Norris Design located in Downtown Denver, CO.  He resides in Denver’s urban and historic Highlands Neighborhood, often biking to work.  Prior to living in Colorado, Mike practiced planning and urban design for seven years in New York City’s borough of Manhattan, the archetype of bona fide urbanism.  Now enjoying work and life in Colorado, striking a balance between urban living and wilderness reprieve, Mike continues practicing New Urbanist principles on a daily basis and enjoys outdoor hobbies like cycling & endurance trail running, snowboarding, and backpacking.

Lyons_BWMaggie Lyons
CNU Colorado Member at Large
Norris Design, Planner, http://www.norris-design.com

Maggie Lyons is a Planner at Norris Design, located in Downtown Denver.  She gained her development experience on the internal development and construction team at INDUSTRY Denver while pursuing her Master’s degree of Urban and Regional Planning, and enjoys her current focus on land use planning and development.  Outside of work, Maggie surves on the Doors Open Denver Board through the Denver Architectural Foundation, volunteers as a team lead at the nonprofit organization Youth on Record, and is pursuing her real estate license.


Alexander Person III
CNU Colorado Treasurer
303.298.1480 x 22
Van Meter Williams Polack LLC,www.vmwp.com

Alexander doubles as an urban designer and architectural job captain at Van Meter Williams Pollack.   His experience in architecture, urban design, and community development has continuously evolved his understanding of the built environment and its relationship with humanity.  In every design and implementation strategy, he strives to make buildings, towns and cities more livable.  Working in both rural and urban communities he has come to understand architecture as only a vertex of a larger social, economic, and cultural network and champions new urbanist principles at all scales of real estate development, urbanism and building construction.  In addition, Alexander serves on the AIA Denver Urban Design Committee, is a lecturer at Summit Ridge Middle School for a Green Building Workshop every trimester, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver.

Martin PhotoMartin Postma
CNU Colorado Secretary

Martin Postma joined the CNU Colorado board as a representative of the public sector. Martin is a senior policy analyst at the City of Thornton and has extensive experience using the tools of economic development, city planning, and urban renewal to expand employment, improve the built environment, and enhance the lives of Thornton’s citizens. Martin holds a Masters of Public Administration, is a Certified Economic Developer, a LEED Green Associate, and an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.  Martin is also a dedicated Rotarian, having led multiple international humanitarian missions focused on education, medical services, and citizen diplomacy. One of his most notable moments was speaking at United Nations headquarters about primary education in developing nations.

Dean Gunderson
CNU Colorado Member at Large
Crabtree Group, Senior Planner, PO Box 924, 325 D Street, Salida, CO 81201


Dean Gunderson is a planner and project manager at the Crabtree Group, dedicated to developing high-quality urban/rural design. Dean has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors; developing and implementing public policy, overseeing complex infrastructure projects, and designing award-winning architectural projects. Dean has over 25 years’ experience as an urban designer, charrette director, and professional sculptor. A special focus of his career has been servicing rural areas as they grapple with their unique challenges. Dean is a published author who has written on a range of subjects about growth and governance in the American West.



The Advisory Board supports the Board of Directors by providing high level guidance on the work and mission of the Colorado Chapter.

Paul Crabtree
Crabtree Group

Mark Heller
Golden Urban Renewal Authority

Chuck Perry
Perry Rose LLC

Jed Selby
South Main Company

Peter Park
Lincoln Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Michael Tavel
Michael Tavel Architects

Marilee Utter
Citiventure Associates, LLC

Tim Van Meter
Van Meter Williams Pollack

Jeff Winston
Winston Associates

Deana Swetlik
Entelechy Design


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