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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Professor Visiting Professor PO Box 642220

Ryan E. Smith is Director of the School of Design and Construction and a Professor of Architecture. His research is in the domain of building technology, building science, and building production.  Ryan partners with industry seeking to integrate the design to construction process through industrializing offsite prefabrication and modularization.  He is author of 6 books and numerous articles on the subject of prefabrication and collaborative building delivery.  Ryan is also the founding chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Offsite Construction Council in Washington, D.C. and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University in the UK.

Prior to joining Washington State University in the summer of 2018, Ryan was at the University of Utah for 14 years, the later part of which he served as Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement.


Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley (AIA Henry Adams Certificate, Magna Cum Laude)

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson (AIA Henry Adams Certificate, Cum Laude)