Rich Sternadori, Senior Program Coordinator
Richard is the Senior Program Coordinator and Researcher for the University of Missouri (MU) Great Plains ADA Center since 2008. He has a Master of Architecture from MU where he is an honorary faculty instructor with the Department of Architectural Studies. He has a Master of Education in counseling psychology, specializing in disabilities rehabilitation. He recently concluded a five-year study researching 387 city and county governments across a four-state region, analyzing accessibility, design, and community livability for persons with disabilities.
Richard’s background includes high rise and commercial construction as a master carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Leaving the trades, he served 15 years as a Chief Building Official, garnering two awards and 13 certifications from the International Code Conference. (ICC) He chaired the Contractor Licensing Committee, which led to the ICBO contractor licensing exams used in all 50 states. He served 3 years on the Kansas State Board of Architects/Technical Professions. Richard is on the International Code Council Assisted Toileting and Bathing Task Force and the Texas state chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Commission. He is a published author and consultant in issues of accessible design. His educational programs are approved by the ICC and AIA for continuing educational credits.