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 Collaborative (ITAC), an interdisciplinary building technology and science center within the Center for Ecological Design and Planning. ITAC researches and develops the process and products that lead to sustainable design and construction practice including offsite construction, timber building, and collaborative delivery.


  • 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 Collaborative (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 $3M+ 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), Building Systems (Routledge 2012), Offsite Architecture (Routledge, 2017), Leading Collaborative Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2017), and Prefab Housing (Lund & Humphries, 2017).  His industry integrative teaching and research has been awarded by the ACSA, AIA, ARCC, ENR, and MBI. Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Offsite Construction, Edinbugh Napier University and the immediate past Chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Off-site Construction Council.