Ilya Benesch was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He joined the CCHRC staff in August 2008 after spending the previous 15 years working as a residential carpenter. His educational background includes two years in an accredited furniture-making program at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and an associate’s degree in Wood Technology with an emphasis in Residential Construction from Seattle Central Community College. He also completed an intensive three-month apprenticeship touring with the Timber Framers Guild of North America, which left him with a lifelong passion for antique tools. His professional experience revolves around all phases of home construction, custom millwork and finish carpentry which he does out of his cabinet shop. Ilya has traveled and worked in many places, but ultimately came to the conclusion that he is unfit to live anywhere but Fairbanks. He works in the CCHRC design group writing educational articles, researching building trends, promoting energy-efficient construction, and answering building questions from the public.