Illya Azaroff, AIA, founding principal +LAB architect PLLC and Assoc. Professor, New York City College of Technology (CUNY), a leader in disaster mitigation, resilient planning strategies and design. He consults with design teams across the US and Currently, he is working with FEMA/ANCR on developing curriculum for resilience as well as with the City of New York on the 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan. Prior he served as a Technical Advisor to ASPR-Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response informing the NDFR-National Disaster Recovery Framework. His guidance is evident in NYC The Department of City Planning - Housing Retrofit Guidelines, FLASH - Federal Alliance for Safe Housing, Resilient Housing Guidelines and Enterprise Community Partners Multi-Family Resilient Strategies. He served as a subject mater expert with the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities and his studio is engaged in resilient planning and design projects including resilient residential prototypes under construction in Breezy Point New York with multiple industry partners #Hurricanestrong In 2014 he received the AIA National Young Architect Award, and is Founding co-chair of both the DfRR and the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, receiving the 2015 component Excellence Award. Illya is currently serving on the AIA National Strategic Council 2016-2018.
He is an instructor with NDTPC-National Disaster Training Preparedness Center in Hawaii and is certified trainer for CalEMA post disaster assessment (SAP). In 2017 he received the AIANYS Presidents Citation, 2016 CUNY service award, and his recent lectures/articles can be found via TEDx, We are not Alone, Connections Magazine June '15 Ahead of the Surge, ArchNewsNow What Does Recovery Look Like? And Cityscapes Magazine July/Aug. '16 Sealevel Rise in Global Cities, and as part of AIA Reframing Resilience 2015 Resilience Summit Proceedings. And recently Contributed to the 3rd edition of the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook
Illya received a in BA in Geography and a BSAS in Architecture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a BArch and MArch from Pratt Institute. Prior to coming to New York Illya worked in Berlin Germany and Milan Italy. His research into disaster sheltering in Japan, Haiti, New Orleans and New York received a CUNY enhanced research grant in support of an upcoming Book or resilient design
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