M.A. Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University 1996
M.A. Southeast Asian History, Cornell University, 1991
B.A. Asian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1987
Research interests: nineteenth and twentieth century Iowa architects; sites of African American history in Iowa and the Midwest; the history of racial segregation in Iowa and the Midwest; German-American history; barns and other rural outbuildings; dams; mail order buildings.
Richard Carlson has served as an OSA Architectural Historian since 1997. Prior to joining the OSA, he worked as a historic preservation consultant in New York state, where he conducted historic architectural surveys and wrote nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Richard served as a member of the Iowa National Register Nominations Review Committee from 2006–2011. He has served as a member of the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission.