Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. Members are manufacturers, contractors, and dealers in two distinct segments of the industry – permanent modular construction (PMC) and relocatable buildings (RB). MBI strives to keep up with the latest trends of the modular/offsite construction industry and has expanded its membership over the years to include architects, owner/developers, and general contractors.

The mission of the MBI Educational Foundation is to expand opportunities, increase awareness, and foster growth in the commercial modular construction industry by supporting research and development, providing scholarships for students, and developing partnerships and alliances with complementary organizations.


The AIAS is looking for members to share their models to showcase the work our members do and to provide inspiration for those looking to enhance their skill sets. This competition is open to all years and skill sets – show us what you’ve got!

How to Enter

  1. Share your models that showcase commercial modular construction on your Instagram account between February 15 and June 1, 2019, to enter the competition
  2. Tell us (in 1-2 sentences) what your model is about (hint: tell us why modular construction is useful for your design)
  3. Tag the AIAS National Office and MBI on Instagram: @aiasorg and @rethinkmodular
  4. Use the following hashtags: #AIASInStudio, #rethinkmodular, #modularconstruction, and #InStudioModel

Each Wednesday during the competition the National Officers will select their top five (5) submissions and feature them in the AIAS InStudio Highlights on Instagram. At the close of the competition, the jury will select three winners from the submissions posted between February 15 and June 1, 2019.

Winners will be announced at the 2019 AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

*Note: You must be an active AIAS member to participate*
**You must have a public Instagram account to participate**
***There is no limit to the number of models you can submit, but please choose your best!***


Three winners will be selected and their work will be showcased at AIAS Grassroots 2019.

The winning cash prizes are as follows:

1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $100


You must have uploaded your photographs to Instagram by 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019.


What Is Modular Construction?

Examples of Modular Construction

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