MHTN Architects (MHTN), a Salt Lake City-based architecture and design firm, is excited to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The centennial is a notable milestone reflective of the firm’s growth from a two-person partnership at its inception to a thriving practice with almost 100 employees across several disciplines and continued success designing impactful, sustainable, and innovative projects.
Founded in 1923, MHTN began its long legacy in design by contributing to Utah’s regional identity with Mountain West icons such as the original Salt Lake International Airport and the 1926 reconstruction of The Great Saltair Pavilion. Over the following century, the firm has continued to add to the fabric of Utah’s built environment and build upon this legacy of innovation with iconic projects such as the Scott Matheson Court Complex and Millcreek City Hall. As the largest K-12 design studio in Utah, MHTN is recognized as a national expert in education design, with a robust Higher Education practice.
The firm is particularly known for their Student Life portfolio, having completed over 50 student unions and student life centers across the nation that reflect and enhance each campus’s unique culture and vision. Additionally, MHTN is known for its expertise in commercial, healthcare, religious, and planning sectors. Some of the firm’s notable projects over their 100-year tenure include the University of Utah Medical Center, New Brighton High School, University of Utah Business School, Pluralsight Headquarters Building, and the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lindon Temple.
MHTN prides itself on designing buildings that are forward-thinking, community oriented, and centered around the rich history of Utah’s landscapes, implementing sustainable practices in every aspect of the design process. Under the leadership of Peggy McDonough Jan, AIA, LEED AP, the first woman president to lead a large design firm in the state of Utah, MHTN continues to evolve and make strides in the industry that reflect its commitment to the idea that responsive design begins with empathy.
“This has been a wonderful time to reflect on our firm’s design history and the foundation that was laid to get us where we are today,” says Peggy McDonough Jan, President of MHTN. “Part of MHTN’s success over the past 100 years comes from our dedication to our clients, understanding their vision, and ensuring that their projects last. We look forward to further cementing our legacy of fostering community with professionalism and integrity over the next century.”
As the firm looks towards the future, they will continue to be thought leaders in the industry and approach every project with an eye towards innovation and holisitic sustainable design. Driven by the ethos that excellent design stands the test of time, MHTN is committed to enhancing everyone’s experience of architecture through positively impacting the community.