Here at MHTN, we strive to make visions a reality. We want to recognize those who make this possible by highlighting our talented team members.
Celebrating his first year with MHTN, Dan Teed brings a love of creativity and being productive to the office. We asked him to tell us a little bit about himself.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?
I grew up in a small town on the Iowan banks of the Mississippi named "Muscatine" after the Mascouten native American tribe. It's a great town. Lots of corn, fresh water clams, and watermelons (grown in the sandy areas along the river).
When did you first know you wanted to work in architecture?
My initial interest in architecture came from my love of the bridges spanning the Mighty Mississippi. Their honest expression of steel, wood, and stone structure captivated me. Most notable was the Fort Madison bridge just south of my home town. It is a double-decker toll bridge, with trains running beneath the automobile level. Sitting low against the water, the massive grain barges could not pass beneath it. Because of this, I remember often having to wait 20 - 30 minutes for the entire bridge to rotate, precariously pivoting in the center of the river, allowing safe passage for the slow-moving boats.
What are you passionate about and how does that intersect with your job?
I am passionate about creating. It has taken many forms throughout my life: music, acting, cooking, painting, crafting, making, drawing, building, designing. This need to create aligns perfectly with my job at MHTN, which gives me another productive outlet for my passion.
What do you most love about your current job?
I most love my friends here. They are so funny and so great - always willing to drop what they are working on and help me. I can't imagine a better place to work!
What are some interesting things about you? What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
Outside of the office I always have a project going on. I'm usually building/making something, and always taking on tasks that are slightly overambitious. I also love being outside in Utah. Our state has breathtaking landscapes. The scale of the mountains against valleys is inspiring and I love exploring this crazy place. Lastly, I enjoy the world-opening experiences of traveling. Locally or abroad, I gain so much perspective and insight from experiencing places that I never knew existed.