Darin was born in Utah on the younger end of a large family. Darin's family was displaced from California during the Japanese American Internment of WWII and found a safe community in Utah. Aside from living in Japan for 2 years and Boston for 3.5, Darin as has spent his entire life living in Salt Lake County. He fled the suburbs as soon as possible and has lived in Salt Lake City since college. In 2015, Darin purchased his home in the Ballpark Neighborhood where he lives today. Prior to moving to Ballpark he lived in the East Central and Sugarhouse Neighborhoods. Darin is a practicing architect and has a background in psychology and urban design.
Education has been one of Darin’s highest priorities throughout his life. Darin graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Masters of Architecture degree. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, earning dual degrees. Darin graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies from the College of Architecture + Planning and magna cum laude with a Bachelors in Psychology from the College of Social & Behavioral Science at the U. Darin was a Jordan High Beetdigger in High School and a Churchill Charger during Junior High School.
Darin owns and operates Raw Design Studio, a Salt Lake architecture firm he co-founded in 2012. The firm has grown to 10 and completed several projects including medical, office, retail, multi-family, educational, and single family residential buildings. He is a licensed architect in the state of Utah and a member of the American Institute of Architects. From 2013-2019 Darin taught Architecture and Urban Design courses at the University of Utah. His experience gives Darin a valuable perspective as the council deliberates decisions related to land use, zoning, affordable housing, transportation, and redevelopment. Prior to his career in architecture Darin held jobs in construction, food service, public health, retail, juvenile justice, recreation, and library services.
Prior to the City Council, Darin served on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission (2019-2020), Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Committee (2017-2019), Ballpark Community Council Board (2016-2020), as the Chair of the Utah Young Architects Forum within the AIA (2016-2017), on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association of Utah (2015-present), and as a volunteer Emcee and Board Member of the Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival (2013-present). Darin has always dedicated his time and energy to serving his community and looks forward to continuing in his role on the Salt Lake City Council during his first full term.
Darin lives with his partner Kevin, their 4 kids, and their dog Bucky. Growing up, Darin was the nerdy kid picked last at recess. In high school he was the closeted gay kid but he learned how to be social and make friends. At the University of Utah he was an overachiever but at Harvard he was perfectly average. As a faculty member he was the overdressed one. At the office he thinks out loud and forgets about his coffee. He’s too competitive when playing board games, loves doing crafts with his kids, gets ornery when he needs a snack, and thinks 10 pm is a great time to call it a night. Darin loves to travel, ski and snowboard, camp, climb rocks, try new restaurants, spend time with family, and make new friends. On the City Council Darin is a team player, honest when he disagrees, and finds common ground and builds consensus. Darin genuinely cares about the city he serves and the people who make it great.