The MOD X ™ team is committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice. Our academic research informs and is in turn informed by our active participation in the evolving volumetric modular industry.

Research priorities are identified for six topical areas: Regulatory Framework; Standards and System Performance; Capital, Finance, and Insurance; Project Delivery and Contracts; Labor and Workforce Training and Management; and Business Models and Economic Performance.

A conceptual model that nests digitalization within three other frames—the contextual frame, the business platform frame, and the product platform frame.

Article that addresses the growing theory and practice of mass timber panelized and volumetric modular, product platforms, and housing. A catalog of current mass timber modular prototoypes and projects is included with links.

This research uncovers the obstacles to modular growth in North America and recommends a roadmap for modular to grow to 5% of the construction market in 5 years.

Written for architects and related design and construction professionals, Prefab Architecture is a guide to off-site construction, presenting the opportunities and challenges associated with designing and building with components, panels, and modules.

Offsite Architecture establishes the current – and future – state of thinking in this field. A range of the most highly regarded thinkers and practitioners from around the globe share their ideas and practical findings on offsite prefabrication, examining theory and practice, opportunities and challenges, successes and failures.

International housing affordability crises, emerging technologies, and concerns for more sustainable building practices have given a new urgency to the need to transform building construction in the 21st century. 

Content includes a balance between case studies and practice-based work, through to technical topics, theoretical propositions, pioneering research and future offsite opportunities ready for exploitation. 

We can no longer view building components as artifacts (a brick or a boiler) or as autonomous systems (air conditioning or prefabrication). Rather these components and systems are part of much larger systems of which architects are one agent.

This first report to quantify the cost and schedule savings of modular construction compared to traditional site built with lessons learned included from 18 case studies.

This report collected data on 17 mass timber projects globally and compared the cost and schedule performance to site built construction

The book examines what mass customization means for architecture and the building industry and investigates its impact on the sector’s most commoditized enterprise – suburban housing. 

This survey builds upon the 2014 precedent outlining the opportunities and challenges associated with off-site construction in the U.S.

This survey presents the state of software adoption and utilization in the off-site construction industry in the U.S.

This book outlines the products and processes of mass timber construction with key case studies included. MOD X contributed to this text authored by Robert Hairstans in the UK.

This article presents a framework for establishing offsite construction knowledge communities regionally.

This issue was edited by MOD X and presents articles and interviews on architectural production and prefabrication.

This article reviews Connect Homes prefabricated housing system.

Industrialized Wood Construction

This special journal issue is two part on light wood frame and mass timber contemporary research.

Prefab Architecture in Korean

Prefab Architecture was translated into the Korean language in 2018.

This is the proceedings of the ACSA 2012 Fall Conference on offsite production.

This article presents timber volume calculators that can be used to quantify the volume of wood used in platform frame panelized, modular and site built construction.

This is a book focused on the the behavioral tactics associated with leading integrated project delivery teams and managing firms through collaborative leadership.

Homework Conference Proceedings

Proceedings of the Homework conference, April 2009.

This research booklet was generated by MOD X and a team of graduate students at Northeastern University in Fall 2016.

This research booklet was generated by MOD X and a team of graduate students at Northeastern University in Fall 2014.


This research booklet was generated by MOD X and a team of graduate students at Northeastern University in Fall 2010.