Historic Urban Environments Lab, Notre Dame 


The Historic Urban Environments Lab (HUE) at Notre Dame is a new interdisciplinary team of architects, computer scientists, librarians, programmers, anthropologists and GIS specialists whose goal is to create new tools to study the built environment. Building off of the success of two digital projects created by the Architecture Library, the Seaside Research Portal and SPQR-ND, the team is currently working on several web sites and applications to better study the built environment.  Efforts include expanding SPQR-ND, an application for the iPad and iPhone that combines early architectural publications with mapping tools, beyond its current focus of the Roman Forum to include the historic city center of Rome and creating a application to study lost architecture through historic records combined with 3D modeling. 


Content Development and Curation

Design, Mapping, Data, and Image Development

  • Dan Brubaker Horst, Digital Library Applications Lead, Hesburgh Libraries
  • Adam Heet, Digital Projects Specialist, Architecture Library
  • Matthew Sisk, GIS and Anthropology Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship

Cyberinfrastructure, Programming, and Design 

  • Ibrahim Chaaban, Lead Applications Developer, Architecture IT Team
  • Jaron Kennel, Senior Software Engineer, Augmented and Virtual Reality 
  • Jarek Nabrzyski, Director, Center for Research Computing 
  • Christopher Sweet, Associate Director, Cyberinfrastructure Development, Center for Research Computing 
  • James Sweet, PhD Candidate, Computer Science and Engineering

Research and Content Support

Campus Consultants

  • Dennis P. Doordan, Associate Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work and Professor, School of Architecture
  • David Hernandez, Director of the Roman Forum Excavations Project at Butrint (Albania)
  • Assistant Professor of Classics, Concurrent Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Jarek Nabrzyski, Director, Center for Research Computing
  • Robin Rhodes, Associate Professor, Art, Art History and Design. Concurrent Associate Professor in Classics and Architecture

Current Projects

  • Seaside Research Portal
  • SPQR-ND – iPad & iPhone– Available in the App Store
  • Building South Bend - Past, Present & Future
  • Downtown SB-Available in the App Store

Future Projects

  • Historic Tourism for the Modern Traveler 
  • An Architects Guide to Rome – Alberti to Adam
  • Paris-Rome-Athens

Campus Partners

Community Partners