Daniel J. O’Brien, AIA, CID

Founding Partner | Consultant Architect

In 2012, Dan O’Brien ended one chapter in his career with Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates… and began another one.

Since announcing his retirement in March, 2012, Dan has followed his plans to disappear “up north” to his beloved cabin, travel and spend time with his wife, kids and grandkids. And while his full-time, day-to-day involvement with KOMA ended when he announced his retirement, he still provides occasional architectural consulting services on an as-needed basis.

Dan graduated from the University of Minnesota with distinction in 1977 with a professional degree in architecture. He is a licensed architect and certified interior designer in Minnesota where he has practiced since 1980. He remains a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Dan founded Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc. in 1985 along with Jim Krech and another business partner. His practice areas included commercial and industrial projects, with a specialty in veterinary medical facilities.

Dan continues to remain active in community organizations. He is a founding member of Progress Plus, a public/private non-profit economic development agency and has continuously served as board member since 1989, including two terms as chairman. He is active with the Boy Scouts of America and is a Den Leader with his grandson’s pack. He has served on the Dakota County Restorative Justice program, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Dakota Center for the Arts.

Dan enjoys furniture making, pottery, canoeing, and golfing.

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