Architecture may have been in Daniel’s blood. His mom told him that when she was a little girl on the farm, she used to lay out floor plans of imaginary houses, using sticks on the ground in a field.
He combined that instinct with curiosity about how things worked. He took apart alarm clocks that did not work to discover how they operated. Later he tinkered with his car to enhance its performance.
He began working at BBN while still a student at Kansas State University. He was at the firm when the schools in Chapman, KS were leveled by a tornado in 2008. Students returned to class in very modest mobile units. Dan took on the challenge of helping to give them schools they liked even more than the original schools, that would be durable and cost-effective yet very attractive and full of amenities.
They say that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s true for Dan, who feels that architects never stop playing and never stop being kids.