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Illya Azaroff, AIA | Notes of Interest

Illya’s vision of the important role architects have to play in disaster response has opened up many opportunities for architects and has also shown the public the incredible value architects contribute to planning for and responding to a wide range of risks. He has also championed the interests of young architects and emerging professionals, encouraging the chapters of AIA New York State to recognize and celebrate their efforts.

One of Illya’s extraordinary efforts occurred during his term as a member of the board of AIA New York. He co-founded and co-chairs the chapter’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), which has led AIANY’s efforts, before and after Superstorm Sandy, to reimagine a more resilient and sustainable region. He has helped organize dozens of panels, lectures, and workshops that have provided valuable information to the public and engaged the architecture community in planning for and responding to disaster. Government officials, architects, and planners participated in a tri-state conference he co-organized to discuss resiliency strategies in preparation for storm surge and other environmental disasters. His collaborative efforts with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center have enabled hundreds of architects to receive training in resilient designs for natural disasters.

Immediately after Superstorm Sandy, Illya launched the Architect Helping Architect program, which reached out to architects in flooded areas of New York City and matched them with architecture offices that had spare desk space. One day after the storm, he was one of two architects who worked closely with the Office of Emergency Management on the city’s recovery efforts. His Post-Sandy Initiative (PSI) resulted in a series of workshops and recommendations to help city agencies outline possibilities for recovery and resilience.

He is the founding principal of +LAB Architects in Brooklyn and an associate professor at the New York City College of Technology.

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Illya Azaroff, AIA

2014 Young Architects Award Jury

  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
  • LML Consulting
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, Maryland
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC
  • Mineola, New York
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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