Arvid Osterberg

Professor, Department of Architecture
Iowa State University


Arvid Osterberg is a leading advocate for accessibility and inclusive design. He has been teaching at Iowa State University for 41 years and in 2014 he was appointed University Professor in recognition of his outstanding university citizenship and service to ISU and the public it serves. He teaches courses in the areas of inclusive design and historic preservation in the Department of Architecture. Dr. Osterberg has a Doctor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and is a licensed architect. He has reviewed more than 250 capital project designs for ISU with recommendations for improving accessibility. He has conducted accessibility reviews of more than 50 museums, housing projects, community centers, and churches and has organized and presented training sessions on ADA standards, inclusive design, and safety and falls to professional organizations, community groups, university groups, state organizations, architects, interior designers, building code officials, and main street coordinators. His book “Access for Everyone, The Third Edition” is now available as a free download. It works well with the Kindle app.