Josh Conrad is a Ph.D. student in Architecture under Dr. Michael Holleran and a historic preservation consultant and GIS Specialist with the firm HHM & Associates in Austin. His academic work focuses on developing new methods of automating and democratizing the historical survey through web-based GIS, large-scale data analysis and citizen participation techniques such as crowdsourcing. He was the technical developer of the Austin Historical Survey Wiki, a collaboration between UT Austin's School of Architecture and School of Information, the City of Austin, and Preservation Austin to build an online historical survey database based on open-source GIS technology and capable of continuous updating by citizen and professional preservationists. He is also the founder and editor of the online architectural rendering database RNDRD (@rndrd).


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


"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)


(upcoming) "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)

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  • Historic Presevation
  • GIS
  • Web Mapping
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Archival Studies