Great Plains ADA Center
Richard Sternadori is the Education Coordinator and Principal Research Investigator for the University of Missouri (MU) Great Plains ADA Center since 2008. He holds a Masters of Architecture from MU where he is an Instructor with the Department of Architecture. He also has Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in disabilities rehabilitation. His background includes 14 years a union master carpenter followed by 16 years as Chief Building Official and zoning administrator. Highlights include two awards from the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) for leadership. Richard chaired the ICBO Contractor Licensing Committee, whose work led to the current contractor licensing exams used today by all 50 states. Governor Joan Finney appointed Rich to the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, which oversees education and licensing for architects, engineers and surveyors. Richard is the liaison between the ADA Centers and the ICC and directs the design track for the annual ADA National Symposiums. He’s a published researcher and author, conducting and publishing accessibility research regarding community accessibility, design, aging and livability.