Illya  Azaroff, AIA

Associate Professor, NYC College of Technology

Founder,  +Lab for experimentation


Illya Azaroff


Azaroff's +Lab for experimentation is a studio built on trans-disciplinary collaboration. A recognized expert in Resilient planning, design and implementation, Azaroff works with city and federal agencies on all aspects of resilience. He is a Professor at NYCCT (CUNY) and Technical Advisor to ASPR-Federal Government for National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Locally, he works with OEM-NY, and Department of City Planning - NYC contributing to the DCP Housing Retrofit Guidelines and Federal Alliance for Safe Housing (FLASH) Resilient Housing Guidelines, and is a subject-matter expert with the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities. He is Co-founder of the Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) committee AIANY and plays a key role to the Post Sandy Initiative Report. 

Innovation, invention and inquiry underpin his work, such as prototyping disaster relief shelters and rapid response systems. He was awarded the 2014 Young Architects Award by the AIA for innovative practice and leadership. As Founder of the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, Azaroff received the 2015 National Component Excellence Award. 

Azaroff is trained in damage assessment (SAP) by Cal EMA. He has degrees in Geography and Architecture with research emphasis in climate-related disasters and resilient building strategies.