Ivan Rupnik is an architect, scholar, consultant and Associate Professor of Architecture at Northeastern University. Over the last decade, Prof. Rupnik has collaborated closely with Prof. Ryan E. Smith on a series of research and consulting projects related to the global volumetric modular industry, including the “5 in 5 Modular Growth Initiative” Report for MBI. Last year, Rupnik and Smith launched MOD X, a platform for international exchanges related to the volumetric modular industry, with events in Boston, New York and Tokyo. Rupnik’s doctoral work at Harvard University has focused on the development of design and project management tools as well as regulatory frameworks specifically suited for offsite construction. He is a fellow of the Modular Building Institute.
Ryan E. Smith is a Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona. Professor Smith has been teaching, researching and consulting with respect to offsite construction and housing, modular product R&D, business strategy and market assessment, for nearly 20 years. Smith is author of numerous offsite construction reports, papers and books including the seminal text, Prefab Architecture (Wiley, 2010). He is the founding past chair and current board member of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Offsite Construction Council, a fellow of the Modular Building Institute and a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University in the UK.
Tyler Schmetterer is a sustainable prefabrication entrepreneur and thought leader based in Switzerland and New York with 30+ years of creative business strategy, international marketing, business development, partnership development, project management, communications and consulting experience. Tyler currently serves on multiple International Advisory Boards in the high-performance building, renewable energy, impact capital and supply chain human rights sectors.
In 2006, Tyler co-founded an advisory group and award-winning producer of sustainable prefabricated buildings focused on the design and manufacture of high-performance green homes. The venture advocates for universal collaboration, knowledge sharing and integration of world-leading performance standards and sustainability certification programs across the global offsite construction industry. To date, the company has earned several historic United States environmental certifications and awards including:
Nation’s 1st U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum Factory-Built Home in New York (2009), New Jersey (2011), Georgia (2009); Nation's 1st National Association of Homebuilders NGBS Emerald Factory-Built Home, New Jersey (2012); NAHB Green Project of the Year (2010); EarthCraft Project of the Year (2010); NAHB EVHA Factory-Built House of the Year (2010); Professional Builder Design Awards|Best Modular Project (2018)