Ryan E. Smith

Associate Dean for Research of the College of Architecture + Planning at University of Utah

Ryan E. Smith is Associate Dean for Research + Community Engagement and Associate Professor in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. He has led a research team investigating offsite design and construction for nearly a decade while directing the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC). He is author of Prefab Architecture (Wiley, 2010), Building Systems (Routledge, 2012) and the forthcoming Offsite Architecture (Routledge, 2017). He is past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Offsite Construction Council. Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Offsite Construction, Edinburgh Napier University in the UK.

The Rise of Factory-built Housing: Episode 6

Have we hit a tipping point for residential construction where the cost and quality of a factory-built home always compares favorably to the cost and quality of a conventionally-built home? Are Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists beginning to train their sights on this mammoth industry? In the sixth and final episode of a series on the future of homebuilding, Andrew discusses how entrepreneurs eager to disrupt this space might conceive of building and financing a modern homebuilding factory.

Image & videos courtesy of Ryan E. Smith

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