MHTN Professional Spotlight: Hannah Vaughn

Here at MHTN, we strive to make our client's vision a reality. We want to recognize those who make this possible by highlighting our talented team members.

Celebrating her 5th year with MHTN, Hannah Vaughn brings a love of space and the architectural process to the office. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself.

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in a remote mountain valley in New Mexico. Big starry skies and a throat full of silence. I lived in New Mexico until my early twenties, when I traveled around the West for a few years, took a hiatus in Europe and, parked in the Sierras for a brief moment near family. I moved to Salt Lake to attend Architecture School at the University of Utah. I’ve found wonderful friends and mentors here and now teach studio at the School of Architecture.   

When did you first know you wanted to work in architecture?

As I was finishing my BA in Philosophy and craving something demonstrably real, I took an architectural workshop at the University of New Mexico. It left me reeling in the concept and reality of space. Deep down, I knew before that, but I didn't know it by name. I haven’t slept since.

What are you passionate about and how does that intersect with your job?

I love Architecture. Pretty convenient really. I love sketching, designing, technical details, building science, parsing program, making models, building, thinking about space, creating space….ahem, the process of Architecture. I also love the natural world, the mountain west, and humanity.

What do you most love about your current job?

I am very lucky to be part of some incredible projects. For the past few years, I’ve been working on the Front Climbing Club and the Volunteers of America Youth Center in Salt Lake City. I’ve had wonderful mentors on these projects, along with adventurous and dedicated clients (respectively). These projects mean a lot to me – and it’s been really amazing to see them come out of the ground.

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What are some interesting things about you? What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

Outside of the office, I love the same things: Architecture, nature, people. I moved to Salt Lake for the landscape, and try to take advantage of the location – regular rallying in the Wasatch is part of life. I love the people that I rally with. I also like good food. Who doesn’t really?