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

Selena K. Anders, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Jennifer Parker, Head, Architecture Library

Design, Mapping, Data, and Image Development

Dan Horst, Enterprise Integration Architect, Office of Information Technology
Adam Heet, Digital Projects Specialist, Architecture Library
Matthew Sisk, GIS and Anthropology Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship

Cyberinfrastructure, Programming, and Design

Ibrahim Chaaban, Application Development Professional, Office of Information Technology
Jarek Nabrzyski, Director, Center for Research Computing
Christopher Sweet, Associate Director, Cyberinfrastructure Development, Center for Research Computing
James Sweet, Computer Science and Engineering

Research and Content Support

Content support provided by Architecture students working in the Architecture Library
Kathleen Chambers, MArch 2017
Calla Chang, BArch 2016
Caitlyn O’Malley, BArch 2016

Current Projects

Seaside Research Portal
SPQR-ND – iPad– Available in the App Store
SPQR-ND – iPhone - Available in the App Store
Building South Bend: Past, Present, & Future
Downtown SB - Available in the App Store
Cities in Text: Rome - Available in the App Store
Cities in Text: Rome - COMING SOON

Future Projects

Historic Tourism for the Modern Traveler an Architects Guide to Rome – Alberti to Adam


HUE/ND provides resources to Notre Dame faculty and approved student research and studio projects. These tools are housed in the Architecture Library and the Center for Digital Scholarship and are available for circulation.

Architecture Library

Contact Adam Heet for information.

  • GoPro Hero 3+ (3)
  • 3D Printing – MakerBot Replicator Z18
  • Garmin GPSMap 62s handheld units (4)
  • Aerial Balloons for Mapping (training required prior to loan)
    • Small – PublicLab Balloon Mapping Kit (requires GoPro and helium)
    • Large – Mid Size DSLR Balloon Systems (requires camera and helium)

Center for Digital Scholarship

Contact Matthew Sisk for information.

  • 3D printing – MakerBot Replicator 2x
  • Kinect Scanner
  • Large Format Scanner – Contex HD Ultra 4350i+42-inch wide
  • GPS Units
    • Garmin eTrex 20 handheld units (8)
    • Trimble Juno 3b handheld units (2)
  • Kirtas APT2400 scanner

Campus Partners

Architecture IT Team
Architecture Library
Center for Digital Scholarship
Center for Research Computing
School of Architecture

Community Partners

Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County
The History Musuem