Mara O'Neill Conrad
phone: (406) 994-3950


Maire Conrad is a full professor at Montana State University, School of Architecture in Bozeman, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate level design since 1990. She completed both undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also taught in the College of Environmental Design. As a licensed architect in California and Montana she has served on the Montana Board of Architects and Landscape Architects since 2007. In 2009 she co-chaired the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s national conference in Butte. She served for six years on the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau, presenting on-going research on the morphology of historic agricultural structures in the Rocky Mountain West.

In her teaching, research, and writing she explores the historic built environment, particularly of the rural Rocky Mountain West. Through research involving architecture students, she has amassed an archive of measured drawings documenting historic agricultural buildings in the Gallatin Valley, Montana. She has mounted several exhibits of these drawings. Her graduate students have submitted many documentation projects to the Historic American Buildings Survey, where they have received awards in the Peterson Prize competition. These documentation drawings have added substantially to the representation of Montana’s rural buildings represented in the Library of Congress.