Salt Lake City

Council District 5

Ballpark, Central Ninth, East Liberty Park, Liberty Wells

Council Member Bio

Darin Mano, District 5

Council Member Darin Mano takes the oath of office to serve District 5

Council Member Darin Mano takes the oath of office to serve District 5

Darin was selected by the City Council on January 21, 2020 to serve the remaining term of former Council Member Erin Mendenhall. 

Born and raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Darin was the sixth of seven children. He has lived in the Ballpark Neighborhood for the past five years. 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 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 plans 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.