Modular Building Institute

May 1, 2012
Contact: Erin Whitt
Modular Building Institute
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Modular Building Institute Announces
Modular Building Fellowship Award

Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association for modular construction, is pleased to announce a new annual award, the Modular Building Fellowship. 

The Modular Building Fellowship recognizes a thought leader, advocate, researcher, or educator outside of the general MBI membership who has had significant impact on modular construction. The award was given out in March at the MBI 2012 World of Modular Annual Convention and Tradeshow in Orlando, Florida. The first-ever recipient of the award is Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning.

“We are pleased to be awarding this fellowship to Ryan for his contributions to the industry,” said Tom Hardiman, executive director of MBI. “His work and writings have made information on the field of prefab architecture much more accessible. He’s the perfect first recipient of this award.”

Professor Smith is the Director of an interdisciplinary, innovative, technical and applied research center working toward efficient construction and performance in buildings called the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (ITAC). He is a researcher, educator, author and speaker on the integration paradigm and building technology. For more information about his academic work, visit the center website at

He is author of Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction published by Wiley in 2010, and the only professional reference on prefab architecture, with information on the many facets of off-site construction. He also serves as the educational liaison for the AIA Center for Integrated Practice Leadership Group, and is a member of the Lean Construction Institute and MBI. He is also Past-President (2011) of the Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES), an academic group of building technology and building science educators.

In connection with MBI, Smith is holding education workshops in various cities throughout North America to inform owners, architects, engineers, constructors, and those in the modular industry concerning modular design and construction based on his book about prefab architecture. For more information about the workshops, visit

About MBI
The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. Members include providers of code compliant relocatable buildings, as well as permanent modular construction contractors and suppliers. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction (TM), it is MBI’s mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities. For more information, visit

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