Curriculum Vitae

RYAN E SMITH portrait
  • Director, Coll Of Architect & Plan-Dean, Integrated Technology in Architecture
  • Associate Professor, School Of Architecture
  • Associate Dean of Research & Community Engagement College of Architecture + Planning



  • B.Arch, Architecture, University of Arizona
  • M.Arch, Architecture, UC Berkeley

Honors & Awards

  • Service Award - The Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA West Region Director - Contributions to architectural education . ACSA, 06/2017
  • U Celebrate Research Award, University of Utah Campus wide award for research excellence . University of Utah, 04/2017
  • Collaboration Award – Scottish Enterprise, Co-creation of the Offsite Hub, Construction Scotland Innovation Center, (International Council Advisory Member) . Scottish Enterprise, 03/2017
  • Member Award - National Institute of Building Sciences, Singular award for research and service contributions to NIBS councils . NIBS, 01/2017
  • Queen’s Anniversary Prize - Royal Anniversary Trust, UK, Awarded to Edinburgh Napier University for timber engineering, sustainable construction and wood science - Senior Research Fellow and PhD Student . Royal Trust, UK, 09/2015
  • Upjohn Award and Stipend for Research: Solid Timber Building Performance. American Institute of Architecture, 12/01/2012
  • 20 UNDER 40 Mountain States: Influential leaders in the construction industry. Engineering News Record, 03/2012
  • Modular Building Fellowship Award - first recipient for service in being a leading researcher, thought leader, educator in the offsite modular industry. Modular Building Institute, 03/2012
  • The ARCC New Researcher Award, given to one individual annually, is intended to acknowledge and reward emerging figures in architectural and environmental design research that demonstrate innovation in thinking, dedication in scholarship, contributions to the academy, and leadership within architectural and environmental design research. Architectural Research Centers Consortium, 03/2011
  • Creative Achievement Award. “Integrated Technology in Architecture Program (ITAP)” Sustainable and lean integration research and teaching initiative . Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 03/2011
  • Upjohn Research Award + Stipend American Institute of Architects Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for Housing . American Institute of Architects, 2009
  • Creative Achievement Award. “Assembling Architecture Studio” Industry collaborative studio on production as a means of design process Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) . Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2009
  • Collaborative Practice Award. “Suburban Redux: Resource Conservation Housing Studio” Kennecott Land and local builder partnering studio to design prefabricated green housing . Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 03/2007


Ryan E. Smith is an Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Technology & Architecture Center (ITAC) at the University of Utah, a university/industry teaching, research and outreach center that is an agent of change at the intersection of design, education and construction industries. Professor Smith’s research flattens design-to-production relationships through applied scholarship in the field of architectural technology toward a more productive, integrated, sustainable, and innovative built environment. Professor Smith has performed $2.5M + in research grants and contracts from public and private institutions since 2004 including FEMA, USDA, & DOE to name a few to qualify and quantify industry related technology questions of production in architecture. Among his numerous publications, Smith is author of Prefab Architecture (Wiley 2010) and co-editor of Building Systems (Routledge 2012).  He speaks widely on emerging issues in the construction industry including offsite building, BIM, IPD and sustainability.  His industry integrative teaching and research has been awarded the 2007 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, 2009 & 2011 ACSA Creative Achievement Award and the 2010 Lifecycle Building Award.  Smith is the recipient of the 2011 ARCC Research Award and the ENR 20 under 40 award in 2012.


  • Modular Building R&D Lab Cracow University of Technology, Poland (MB R&D Lab), Expert Council, 01/01/2016 - present
  • Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), International Board Member, 10/01/2015 - present
  • Off-Site Construction Council, National Institute of Building Sciences (OSCC NIBS), Board of Directors, 09/2013 - present
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Board Member, 07/2013 - 07/2016
  • Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structure, Edinburgh Napier University (COCIS), Senior Research Fellow, 09/01/2012 - present
  • PocketArchitecture Technical Design Series Routledge (PocketArch), Senior Editor, 01/01/2012 - present
  • Building Technology Educators' Society (BTES), President, 01/01/2011 - 12/30/2011
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), Center for Integrated Practice Leadership Group Education Liason, 01/2010 - present
  • Common Ground Publishing (CGP), Constructed Environments Advisory Board, 01/2010 - 12/2011
  • Construction History Society of America (CHSA), Member, 06/2009 - present
  • Lean Construction Institute (LCI), Member, 06/2009 - present
  • Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), Educational Materials Committee, 01/2009 - present

In the Media


  • Korean, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland