Onat Öktem graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 2004. He pursued his masters in the Faculty of Architecture in Netherlands, Delft University of Technology, in 2006 for one year. He worked for the Dutch architectural firm 24H>Architecture in Rotterdam during this period.
Öktem continues his architectural practice in his firm ONZ Architects, founded in 2007. Besides working in different scaled projects as an architect, he won many prizes in both international and national architectural competitions.
Öktem works as a part-time instructor for METU/Ankara, fourth year Architecture Studio since 2010. He also attends juries and studios in architecture faculties as a guest instructor in other universities.
In addition to his architectural and academic works, Öktem founded “Creative Initiative” where he curates and designs a series of architectural exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The “Young Dutch Architecture” exhibition series curated by Creative Initiative brought together many important and international contributors.
Middle East Technical University METU, Ankara, TR, BArch, Architecture
Finalist - YAP Istanbul Modern - Young Architects Program. Istanbul - Turkey
Green Dot Awards 2012, 1st Place
"Green Mosque" is the winner of Green Dot Awards 2012. New York - USA
"The Rock" won the 3rd Prize - Marmomacc International Architecture and Design Competition 2012 in Winebar & Restaurants category. Belgium
Ödemiş Public Square and Cultural Center Architectural Competition. İzmir - Turkey
Çanakkale "Green" Municipality & Cultural Center Architectural Competition, Honorable Mention
Çanakkale "Green" Municipality & Cultural Center Architectural Competition - Çanakkale/Turkey
Middle East Architect Awards 2012 - shortlist for Boutique Middle East Architecture Firm of the Year. Dubai - UAE
d3 Unbuilt Visions 2012, Honorable Mention
Wave Cube, is selected as 'Special Mention: Interior Architecture' in the Unbuilt Visions 2012 international architectural design competition!
Adana Çukurova Municipality City Hall & Cultural Center Architectural Competition, 2nd Place
2nd Prize - Adana Çukurova Municipality City Hall & Cultural Center Architectural Competition / Adana - Turkey
"EXPO 2012, YEOSU - South Korea Turkish Pavillion" Invitational International Architectural Competition., 2nd Place
"EXPO 2012, YEOSU - South Korea Turkish Pavillion" Invitational International Architectural Competition. Ankara - Turkey
d3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design competition - 2011, Honorable Mention
Special Mention: Director's Choice for the 2011 d3 Natural Systems international architectural design competition. New york / USA
"Green Mosque" - Best Freestanding Religious Structure, 1st Place
The Building: Problem or Solution? International Architectural Competition - Faith in Place / Chicago - USA
Cebeli Tepesi Architectural Landmark Competition, 2nd Place
Cebeli Tepesi Architectural Landmark Competition. Antalya - Turkey
Student Center & Public Square Architectural Competition / METU, Honorable Mention
1. Honorable Mention - Student Center & Public Square Architectural Competition / METU - Ankara - Turkey
High Rise Building Workshop Competition, 2nd Place
2nd Prize - High Rise Building Workshop Competition. Rotterdam - The Netherlands
Archiprix Turkey 2004, Other
Incentive Prize - Archiprix Turkey 2004