PhD Student

Josh Conrad is a doctoral student in the School of Architecture under Dr. Michael Holleran focusing on the application of digital scholarship methods to the study of the built environment and the history of historic preservation. From 2009 to 2013, he was the technical developer of the Austin Historical Survey Wiki (currently inactive), a collaboration with UT and the City of Austin to develop a shared web-based data collection tool that brings together citizens' local knowledge of historic places with the expertise of historic preservation professionals. His current work experiments with the historical analysis of built environment data and data systems as a reflective research method for preservationists, planners and historians.


Buildings of Texas
In collaboration with UT Libraries
This project aims to develop a GIS authority file of Texas architecture and architects embedded with Linked Open Data as a means to broaden representation and allow for multivocality and multiplicity. The dataset will be used to develop map-based digital exhibitions and finding aids for archival material. 
See our poster for the 2019 Digital Frontiers conference

Mapping Urban Renewal Building Data 
In collaboration with the Austin History Center
The Austin History Center holds the real estate appraisal records produced by the City of Austin's Urban Renewal Agency throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including photographs, maps, building plans and structured property data. This historic building data provides a rich look at the past life of several now-demolished East Austin neighborhoods. In collaboration with the AHC I am currently digitizing the records and hosting them on an interactive web map with API connections to digitized content hosted at and

A partial and ongoing index of published architectural rendering


  • M.S. Historic Preservation, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • M. Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • B.S. Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004


"Automating and Democratizing the Historical Survey," PLAT (Rice University), Issue 7.0 "Sharing" (Fall 2018)

"Capturing Volunteered Historical Information: Lessons from Development of a Local Government Crowdsourcing Tool," International Journal of E-Planning Research 4(1), pages 19–41, with Jennifer Minner, Andrea Roberts, and Michael Holleran (2015) (download)


"Automating and democratizing the historical survey". National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward conference, Chicago, November 2017. (agenda)

“Customize - Collaborate - Integrate: Moving Cultural Resource Data Management onto the Web.“ Transportation Research Board Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation (ADC50), San Antonio, July 2014.

“Place-Based Online Management Systems for Documenting the Built Environment.” Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Austin, April 2014. (abstract)

  • historic preservation
  • building data history
  • GIS
  • linked open data