Ya'el SantopintoDirector of Research at Tower Renewal Partnership, ERA Architects
Ya’el Santopinto OAA FRAIC is an Architect and Director of Research and Partnerships at the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, a non-profit organization which creates enabling environments for the preservation of Canada’s affordable apartment housing supply. In this role, she leads research related to Tower Renewal, an initiative to catalyze reinvestment in apartment tower neighbourhoods. This work includes development of renewal standards, assessment of market gaps, best practice for retrofits with residents in place, and other supports to enable nation-wide scaling of these crucial housing investments. Ya’el is also an Associate at ERA Architects, where she leads ERA’s deep retrofit and affordable housing practice. She is Project Architect on the landmark Passive House renewal of a Hamilton apartment tower, as well as several building- and site-rehabilitation projects on postwar apartment towers across the region. Ya’el is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.