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 10th year with MHTN, Madeline Petersen brings a love of problem solving and a knack for BIM technology 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?
My family moved to Richland, Washington after I was born and I lived there until I was 13 when we moved to Tooele, Utah. After graduating from high school I received an associate’s degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Utah State. In 2005, I started working at MHTN and moved to Ogden where I finished my bachelor’s degree in Design Graphics and Engineering Technology at Weber State and also met my husband Steve.
When did you first know you wanted to work in architecture?
I’ve always loved architecture, especially historical architecture. I dabbled with the idea of pursuing a degree in Historical Architecture from the University of Oregon before settling on something a little closer to home. After taking and excelling in drafting classes in my last year of high school I quickly decided on architectural technology.
What are you passionate about and how does that intersect with your job?
At the heart of it, I love to fix things. Addressing problems on individual projects as well as systematic problems for the whole office is so satisfying. I love teaching other people how to use our software so they can do their jobs efficiently and with as little frustration as possible. I have really enjoyed the challenge of reworking the office standards to align with the BIM process.
What do you most love about your current job?
I have worked with MHTN for 10 years, which is an indication of how fond I am of my job and the people I work with. I love the familiarity I have with the office and my colleagues. I have always been grateful for the level of respect and flexibility my work affords me.
What are some interesting things about you? What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
I spend most of my time with my husband, Steve, and our two young children, Tate and Simone. We love living close to the city center and spending our summers going on walks, playing at parks, and browsing the farmers market.
My husband and I spent four summers in Alaska helping to run his family's commercial salmon fishing business. Steve fished with his dad and brothers and I spent much of my time mending ripped fishing nets. While there we had the opportunity to take trips on the Cook Inlet, hike and fish at the Russian River and visit Denali National Park. We hope to take our children back when they are a little older.