Stephen T. Iaria, AIA

Managing Principal | Architecture

Steve graduated from North Dakota State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in science in environmental design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Steve started at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates in the summer of 2000. In 2008, Steve passed his last architecture registration exam and became a licensed architect in Minnesota.


Why architecture?

Being able to contribute ideas and design to the built environment has always excited me and of course having a deep appreciation for how these things are constructed/assembled adds to this excitement.

Favorite restaurant/ bar?

La Grolla in Cathedral Hill St. Paul.  It’s located just blocks away from me and my wife’s first place together and before we had kids it was a great place to eat, drink, laugh, and dream.

Your iTunes library includes…

Martin Sexton, Alabama Shakes, Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, Mason Jennings, Jason Isbell.  Hard to pick these out since there’s so much more I could rattle off but it gives a good sense of the variety I listen to. 

What is your favorite movie and/or movie quote?

Godfather I&II – such classic mob movies with so much depth to them that I never get tired of binge watching these.


InterKOM Articles

United Arab Emirates Architecture

My wife and I had the fortunate opportunity this January to spend a week in the United Arab Emirates so I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite buildings.  Not an easy task since Abu Dhabi and Dubai provided quite the sensory overload for an architect; therefore picking only six was quite the challenge!  Here goes…

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A Commitment to KOMA

March 2015 – Inver Grove Heights, Minn.  –  Commitment. It’s a word our company uses a lot – we use it to define our relationship with our clients, our relationship with our projects, and our relationship with one another. For 30 years it has shaped the character of this company and in looking back over our history I couldn’t help but think about my own journey to KOMA 15 years ago and what that word has meant for me.

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Headlines or Not …

Have you seen the news lately? Our projects are everywhere! OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration … they’re not everywhere. But they certainly seem to keep popping up. From “Best of” lists to “Must See!” articles, projects that bear our fingerprints have certainly seen their share of ink recently. More »

Going Fast

As many of you know, 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates. Coincidentally, it also marks my 10-year anniversary of working with KOMA. Beyond just being kind of a cool overlap, the intersection of these two milestones has me thinking about both moving forward and looking back. More »

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