Ya’el is a registered Architect at ERA who specializes in affordable and energy-efficient housing, international housing policy and regulation, and the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. She is Project Architect on the extensive rehabilitation and energy retrofit of three Toronto Community Housing complexes in Scarborough, as well as leading numerous building and site rehabilitation projects on postwar apartment towers across the region. Ya’el is also the Director of Research and Partnerships with the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal. In this role, she leads work on Tower Renewal, an initiative to catalyze reinvestment and community building in apartment tower neighbourhoods. This work has included research, advocacy and implementation of best-in-class practices in energy retrofit, affordable housing and planning policy, green financing and social inclusion.
Ya’el holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and is a Member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.