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

Research Summary

Smith is the Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC), an interdisciplinary building technology and science center that works to flatten the process and products that lead to sustainable design and construction practice.


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


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.