Ilana Judah

Architect M.Sc. Student, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES), UBC

Ilana Judah is an MSc Student at IRES supervised by Dr. Stephanie Chang. An architect for over 20 years, she was most recently the Director of Sustainability at FXCollaborative, an architecture firm in New York City known for their pioneering work on sustainable high-rises. Ilana has served on several task forces to address both climate mitigation and adaptation in buildings. A Certified Passive House Designer, she was the co-author of a research study on the feasibility of implementing the Passive House standard on tall residential buildings in New York. A native of Montreal, Ilana received her Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University.

Ilana’s research involves the development of an integrated building adaptation and mitigation assessment (IBAMA) framework to help policy-makers and industry professionals identify solutions that simultaneously address climate change adaptation and mitigation for urban multifamily buildings and their neighborhoods. IBAMA’s development draws from a wide range of existing literature, adaptation and mitigation policies and guidelines, and input from key adaptation and mitigation subject-matter experts. The framework is being created for BC Housing to incorporate into their building standards with the aspiration that it will influence future building practices in British Columbia and beyond. The research is being funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.