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 Statement

The Integrated Technology in Architecture Center at the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning is an agent of change toward better buildings.

Faculty and students in the center research for buildings that are more construction efficient and energy efficient throughout their life cycle.

ITAC conducts activities with academic and industry partners, provides education in the form of teaching and workshops, and conducts outreach with university and community groups.

Research Keywords

  • Prefabrication
  • Integrated Design
  • Lean Construction
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • BIM
  • Sustainability

Presentations

  • Epistemology of Knowledge in Construction, 2017 Architectural Research Centers Consortium, June 2017 Salt Lake City. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 03/2017.
  • Bachelor of Science in Building Science, 2017 Building Technology Educators’ Symposium, June 2017 Ames, Iowa. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 03/2017.
  • 5 in 5 Initiative Workshop, Invited roadmap workshop session with co-PI I.Rupnik, World of Modular, Tucson, AZ, March 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2017.
  • Offsite Architecture Book Lecture, Invited lecture to present new book with J.Quale co-editor, World of Modular, Tucson, AZ, March 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2017.
  • Measuring Offsite Construction, Invited Lecture at Industrialized Construction Forum, Stanford University, February 2017 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2017.
  • Offsite Construction: future of specifications, Keynote Address at CSI Annual Retreat, Tucson, Arizona, January 2017 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2017.
  • Offsite Construction: opportunities, challenges, benefits and futures, Keynote Address at PrefabAUS, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, October 2016 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2016.
  • International Knowledge Management in Offsite Construction, Co-presenter: R.Hairsans – Edinburgh Napier University, UK, 2016 MOC Summit and ICCREM 2016, September 2016 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2016.
  • Modular and Offsite Construction International (MOCI), University ~ Industry Partnerships, Co-Organizer R.Hairstans (ENU, UK), A.Robinson (U.Alberta), 2016 MOC Summit, September 2016 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2016.
  • Mass Timber in Utah, Mass Timber Conference w/ Ben Hagenhofer-Daniell, Portland, OR, April 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2016.
  • Prefabrication: discoveries in offsite construction, LDS Church Temple Construction Training – advances in construction, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24, 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2016.
  • Offsite Construction Business Strategies, World of Modular 2016, San Diego, California, March 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2016.
  • Mass Timber in Utah, ACSA Special Focus Session, Annual Conference, Seattle Washington, March 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2016.
  • Integrated Design Process, Rocky Mountain Power Energy Watts Program, Salt Lake City, February 2016 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2016.
  • Off-site Construction is Here: Make Sure Your Practice Profits, ARC-US 2015: America’s Leading Architecture Forum, Boca Raton, Florida, November 6, 2015 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2015.
  • Mass Timber in Utah: Research, Practice and Futures, Co-presenter: B. Hagenhofer-Daniell, ITAC, Mass Timber Research Workshop, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, November 2015, http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/presentations/index.php . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2015.
  • Offsite Business Strategies, Offsite Construction International, Babson College Workshop, Boston, MA, November 20, 2015. Presentation, Presented, 11/2015.
  • Using Beetle Killed Pine Wood in Manufacturing, NAKAMA lecture series, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Offsite Construction: a solution to lagging productivity and workforce development, Representative Hearing, National Institute of Building Sciences, September 25, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2015.
  • Permanent Modular Construction: Process Practice Performance, Offsite Construction Expo, Washington, DC Convention Center, September 24, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2015.
  • Research in Architectural Education, ACSA & NAAB Joint Board Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2015.
  • Prefabrication: Discoveries in Off-site Construction Techniques, USA Housing Feasibility Meeting, University of Utah Facilities and Construction, University of Utah Park Building, August 31, 2015. Presentation, Presented, 08/2015.
  • Massive Timber Architecture, EDA Architects Lunch and Learn, EDA Architects Office, August 2015. Presentation, Presented, 08/2015.
  • Prefabrication: Discoveries in Off-site Construction Techniques, Tech Tuesdays, Technology Venture Commercialization (TVC) University of Utah, University Guest House, May 2015 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2015.

Languages

  • Korean, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Publications

  • Robert Hairstans & Ryan E. Smith & Peter Wilson (2018). Developing Timber Volume Calculators through Comparative Case Study Analysis of Wood Utilization in On-site and Off-site Construction Methods. Proceedings of the MOC Summit 2018. Published, 03/2018.
  • R.E.Smith & Joshua Workman (2018). Interior Glazing Systems: market research. Proceedings of the MOC Summit 2018. Published, 03/2018.
  • R.E.Smith & M.Hamedani, G.Griffin (2018). Developing Timber Volume Calculators through Comparative Case Study Analysis of Wood Utilization in On-site and Off-site Construction Methods. Routledge Taylor & Francis. Published, 03/2018.
  • Matthew Aitchison & T.B. Tabrizi, A.Beim, R.Couper, R.Doe, D.Engström, H.Lidelöw, D.Maxwell, J.Macarthur, J.Nelson, M.Noguchi, M.Norman, M.Rudberg, I.Rupnik, R.Smith, L.Stehn, & J.T.Cullen (2018). Prefab Housing and the Future of Building : product and process. Lund & Humphries. Published, 03/01/2018.
  • Robert Hairstans & T.Bell, D.Crawford, M.Milne, R.Smith, D.Turnbull, & P.Wilson (2018). Mass Timber: an introduction to solid laminate timber systems. Arcamedia, Ltd.. Published, 03/01/2018.
  • Jordana L. Maisel & Edward Steinfeld, Megan Basnak, Korydon Smith, and M. Beth Tauke w/ Senior Editor Ryan E. Smith (2017). Inclusive Design: Implementation and Evaluation. Routledge Taylor & Francis. Published, 10/01/2017.
  • Ryan E. Smith (2017). PocketArchitecture: technical design series freebook. Routledge Taylor & Francis. Published, 09/01/2017.
  • Ryan E. Smith & Keith Diaz Moore and Windy Zhao (2017). Complexity in Architecture: ARCC 2017 Conference Proceedings. University of Utah, Integrated Technology in Architecture Collaborative. Published, 06/01/2017.
  • R.E.Smith & R.Hairstans (2017). Built Environment Epistemology: knowledge management, knowledge exchange meta-analysis. 2017 Architecture Research Centers Consortium Proceedings. Salt Lake City, Utah. Accepted, 06/2017.
  • R.Smith & J.Quale (Eds) Offsite Architecture: Constructing a Post Industrial Future . Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2017). Published, 03/2017.
  • R.Smith, G.Griffin, T.Rice & B.Hagenhoffer-Daniel. “Mass timber: evaluating construction”. Journal of Architecture, Engineering & Design Management. Volume X:X. 2017. Published, 03/2017.
  • S.Emmitt. Design Management. PocketArchitecture: Technical Design Series, R.Smith (Senior Editor). Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2017). Published, 01/2017.
  • Ryan E. Smith (2017). Prefab Architecture: a guide to modular design and construction in simplified chinese. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. Accepted, 01/01/2017.
  • http://bex.global. Published, 12/2016.
  • R.Smith. “Materials Specification: an overlooked safety measure”. Construction Executive. Associated Builder and Contractors Services Corp. May 26, 2016. Published, 05/2016.
  • R.Smith. “Prefabrication”. Journal of Architectural Education. Volume 70:1 Online. April 2016. http://www.jaeonline.org/articles/exhibit-reviews/prefabrication#/page1. Published, 04/2016.
  • R.Smith, G.Griffin & M.Hamedani. Timber Volume Study. FPInnovations & Soft Lumber Board. Final Report. April 2016. Published, 04/2016.
  • R.Smith. “Connect Homes: Modular Housing Patent and Architect Led Business Model”. Journal of Architectural Education. Volume 70:1. March 2016. Published, 03/2016.
  • R.Smith. “Solid Timber, solid construction performance”. The Construction Specifier. Construction Specifications Institute. February 2016. Published, 02/2016.
  • R.Smith & T.Rice. Buisness Strategies in Prefab Housing. Fidelity Investments. Final Report. January 2016. Published, 01/2016.
  • R.Smith & M.Hamedani. Beetle Kill Pine Phase One – Dimensional Stability. US Forest Products Laboratory. Final Report. December 2015. Published, 12/2015.
  • R.Smith, M.Hamedani, B.Hagenhofer-Daniell. Beetle Kill Pine Phase One – Dimensional Stability. US Forest Products Laboratory. Final Report. November 2015. Published, 11/2015.
  • M.Al-Hussein, O.Moselhi, S.Kim & R.Smith. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2015 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit and 1st International Conference on the Industrialization of Construction (ICIC). University of Alberta, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Printed in Canada. ISBN 978-1-55195-349-6. Published, 10/2015.
  • Z.Ghorbani, R.E.Smith & B.Hagenhoffer-Daniel. “Timber Assembly System: post-tensioned timber and smart geometry”. Proceedings of 2015 International Society of Wood Science and Technology. 58th Annual Conference, Grand Teton National Forest, Wyoming. Published, 09/2015.
  • A.Tookaloo & R.E.Smith. “Post-occupancy Evaluation in Higher Education”. International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction Proceedings. Procedia Engineering, Elsevier Open Access. 1877-7058. 2015. Published, 09/2015.
  • M. Hamedani & R.E.Smith. “Evaluation of performance modelling: optimizing simulation tools to stages of architectural design”. International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction Proceedings. Procedia Engineering, Elsevier Open Access. 1877-7058. 2015. Published, 09/2015.
  • R.Smith & T.Rice. “Permanent Modular Construction: products process and performance”. Modular and Off-site Construction Summit 2015, Edmonton, Alberta, May 2015. Published, 09/2015.
  • R.Smith, K.Grosskopf, J.Elliot. Off-site Construction in Academia. ACSA, NIBS Publication. August 2015. http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/OSCC/Offsite_Academics_Survey_Res.pdf. Published, 08/2015.
  • Z.Ghorbani & R.E.Smith “Sun Responsive Component”. Proceedings of 2015 Building Technology Educators’ Society. Salt Lake City, Utah June 2015. Published, 06/2015.
  • R.Smith, G.Griffin, T.Rice. Solid Timber: process practice performance. Off-site Studies Report. May 2015. USDA Forest Products Laboratory & FPInnovations. http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/OSCC/OffSite_Studies_STC.pdf. Published, 05/2015.
  • R.Smith, G.Griffin, E.Carraher. Beetle Kill Pine Phase One – Digital Interoperability. US Forest Products Laboratory. Final Report. May 2015. Published, 05/2015.
  • R.Smith & National Institute of Building Sciences. Off-site Construction Industry Survey 2014. May 2015. National Institute of Building Sciences. http://www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/OSCC_NIBS_OSCC_2014Survey.pdf. Published, 05/2015.
  • R.Smith & T.Rice. Permanent Modular Construction: process practice performance. Off-site Studies Report. April 2015. Modular Building Institute. http://www.modular.org/HtmlPage.aspx?name=foundation_offsite_PMC_report. Published, 04/2015.
  • R.Smith, K.Grosskopf, & J.Elliott. “Off-site Construction: reaching a tipping point”. Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. March 2015. Published, 03/2015.
  • R. Srinivasan & K. Moe. The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis. PocketArchitecture: Technical Design Series, R.Smith (Senior Editor). Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2015). Published, 01/2015.
  • R.Smith & M.Nillfrason. Thermal Assessment of Prefabricated Steel Sandwich Panels. Eco-Steel Final Report. Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, University of Utah. January 2015. Published, 01/2015.
  • R.Smith, “Off-site Construction Explained”. Whole Building Design Guide. National Institute of Building Sciences. September 9, 2014. http://wbdg.org/resources/offsiteconstructionexplained.php. Published, 09/2014.
  • K. Simonen. Life Cycle Assessment. PocketArchitecture: Technical Design Series, R.Smith (Senior Editor). Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2014). Published, 01/2014.
  • A.M. Jaramillo & C.Steel. Architectural Acoustics. PocketArchitecture: Technical Design Series, R.Smith (Senior Editor). Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2014). Published, 01/2014.
  • C. Meek & K. Van Den Wymelenberg. Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design. PocketArchitecture: Technical Design Series, R.Smith (Senior Editor). Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2014). Published, 01/2014.
  • K. Kensek. Building Information Modeling. PocketArchitecture: Technical Design Series, R.Smith (Senior Editor). Routledge Taylor & Francis. (2014). Published, 01/2014.