Darin Masao Mano, District 5
Darin was appointed by the City Council on January 21, 2020 to serve out the remaining term as the District Five Council Member and was elected to serve a full-term beginning January 2022. He was elected by his peers to serve as 2022 Council Vice Chair.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Darin is the sixth of seven children. He lives in the Ballpark Neighborhood with his partner, Kevin and their four kids. He is the principal and founder of the architecture firm, Raw Design Studio, in downtown Salt Lake City. His fascination with buildings and architecture started from an early age. Instead of Saturday morning cartoons, Darin could be found watching home improvement shows on PBS. He loves to travel and experience new cities and see important buildings.
As a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Utah. Darin had the opportunity to teach Architecture and Urban Design for six years at the U. Darin served on the Ballpark Community Council Board, Redevelopment Advisory Committee and the Salt Lake City Planning Commission. He also participated in multiple design review and selection committees for Redevelopment Agency (RDA) projects.
Darin speaks Japanese and is actively involved with the Asian American Community. Darin feels most at home when he is outdoors. Whether the ski slopes, the lakes, or the trails, he longs to be where cell phones and Internet cannot reach. Darin is often found with his dog Bucky or spending time with his kids, family and friends.
District Five has six thriving Community Councils which are: Ballpark, Central 9th, Liberty Wells, Central City, East Liberty Park and Wasatch Hollow. Darin is excited to get to know the priorities of each of these community councils and plan to work hand in hand with them on tackling issues together. He is energized to utilize his experience and understanding of how cities function in his role on the City Council, and to continue his community service as the District Five representative.