Jason Hanner is Weber Thompson’s passionate motorcycle expert, model maker and detail devotee. In January, he was promoted to Associate, recognition for his years of hard work and dedication to making Weber Thompson the firm that it is today. Congratulations, Jason!
Jason Hanner RA, LEED AP / Project Architect
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?
A bit fuzzy. I originally started in early ’99 while in school, took a leave of absence to study in Mexico for a semester, took another to finish my thesis, & then left to work for another firm for six months before coming back to WT at the end of June in 2005.
Hard to pick a favorite thing about working here, but I guess I would have to say the people I work with.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
Evergreen Plaza in Bellevue is taking all of my time right now, it’s a 154-unit residential project in Downtown Bellevue.
You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
I’ve always been someone who wants to do my job well and haven’t worried too much about the career track, but it feels great to get recognition and reach this milestone.
We know you don’t work all the time. What do you do on a typical Saturday morning?
These days Saturday morning is spent with one or both of my young daughters. We like to go swimming, to the park, or take the light rail to the central library (“the train library” according to Agatha).
Where do you find inspiration?
My faith, science fiction (I love a good book), and the open road – although I haven’t been able to take many trips on the motorcycle with the little ones. I look forward to getting back to riding at some point in the future.
Share a little about your background. What brought you to where you are today?
I grew up in Minnesota, went to UMD (Duluth) for my first year of college. I intended to do my second year of school in England, but financing fell through so I moved to Boston and learned about the Boston Architectural College. After a bit of a reset period back at home I moved to Boston to attend the BAC for two years. The economy wasn’t doing well at the time and I couldn’t attain the work credits that would be required to continue in the program. This and a number of other factors had me headed back to Minnesota where I finished my undergraduate studies at the U of M Minneapolis campus. In 1998 I moved to Seattle for graduate studies and it has become home.
What is one of your current obsessions?
The Sudoku and Crosswords in the Sunday paper
What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
I don’t think I have many hobbies that are a secret, but I am a big fan of long distance riding on the motorcycle. I have done back to back 1000 mile days and been as far south as Death Valley, as far West as Minneapolis and north to the Arctic Circle.
What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
Seeing my current project go from lines on paper to physical objects. Visiting family in Minnesota for my younger brother’s wedding. Watching my girls grow and play together.