I am a doctoral researcher in the School of Architecture under Dr. Michael Holleran focusing on the application of digital research methods to the study of building and landscape preservation. My research topics include urban change analysis, histories of spatial-cultural data, GIS libraries and archives, and studying the impacts of building preservation and development on urban social-environmental sustainability.
From 2009 to 2013, I was the technical developer of the Austin Historical Survey Wiki, 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 preservation professionals. Since 2013 I have been working with preservation consultants HHM & Associates in Austin. Additionally, I have an educational and professional background in architectural design.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, landscaping and reading old books. I occasionally contribute to RNDRD, an image database of architectural renderings that I scan from old design journals I find at the library.
Dr. Michael Holleran, Historic Preservation Program
Dr. Katie Pierce Meyer, Architecture and Planning Library
Dr. Jake Wegmann, Community and Regional Planning Program
Dr. Amelia Acker, School of Information
Dr. Junfeng Jiao, Community and Regional Planning Program
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Austin AI Housing Analysis
This UT Good Systems Year 2 research project will develop a value-driven AI system in collaboration with the City of Austin that evaluates historical housing development and helps policymakers shape equitable, inclusive and sustainable plans and regulations.
Collaborators: Dr. Junfeng Jiao, Dr. Jake Wegmann, Dr. Katie Pierce Meyer
Urban Information Lab Digital Research Portal
The Urban Information Lab (UIL) at UT Austin uses emerging information technologies to better understand, measure, plan and develop our urban environments. The UIL research portal showcases the lab's urban GIS analyses using ArcGIS Online and automated Python scripting.
Collaborator: Dr. Junfeng Jiao
Buildings of Texas
A project of the UT Libraries Digital Initiatives for Architectural Collections program, 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 archival finding aids. See our poster for the 2019 Digital Frontiers conference.
Collaborator: Dr. Katie Pierce Meyer
Mexican Hinterlands is an ongoing research and documentation project that cuts “la linea” on the east-west U.S.-Mexico boundary north-south by investigating how the railroad routes that connected Mexico City with Nogales, Arizona, El Paso, Texas, and Laredo, Texas starting in 1882 and completed by 1910 shaped the built environment of cities, agricultural lands, and rangelands.
Collaborator: Dr. Sarah Lopez
- 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
Conrad, Josh. "Democratizing the Historical Survey," PLAT (Rice University), Issue 7.0 "Sharing,"
Minner, Jennifer, Michael Holleran, Andrea Roberts, and Josh Conrad. "Capturing volunteered historical information: Lessons from development of a local government crowdsourcing tool." International Journal of E-Planning Research, 4:1
Conrad, Josh, Lauren Hamer. “Ghost in the machine,” Dwell
Conrad, Josh, Lauren Hamer. “Interview with Jorge Otero-Pailos,” Tarp (Pratt Institute)
Geospatial Research Workshop, University of Texas at Austin
Digital Humanities Project Showcase, University of Texas at Austin
Digital Humanities Short Course, University of Texas at Austin
"Automating and democratizing the historical survey". National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward conference, Chicago (agenda)
“Customize - Collaborate - Integrate: Moving Cultural Resource Data Management onto the Web.“ Transportation Research Board Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation (ADC50), San Antonio
“Place-Based Online Management Systems for Documenting the Built Environment.” Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Austin (abstract)
- building preservation
- building data analysis
- sustainability and equity