Jonathan Friedman

“Hard work pays off”

I was born in Alaska and grew up in Anchorage where I played hockey in the winter and spent my summers camping and fishing. I attended Service High School (named for the Poet Robert Service), along with fellow TEE Principals Andy Bell and David Johnson. It still amazes me that at our California based firm, three of our TEE Principals all attended the same high school…in Anchorage, Alaska! 

I started working for TEE as a 21-year-old right out of college. It’s the only employer I’ve ever known. I can’t imagine ever working anywhere else.

When I was younger, I wanted to run Playbill Magazine. My grandfather worked there for over 50 years. As a kid, I would spend a lot of time with him in his office when my family visited New York City. It was fun getting to know his staff and fascinating to learn what they did to support Playbill and the Broadway theater community.

My favorite memory at TEE was working with the staff at Levi Strauss & Co. to oversee various construction projects at their headquarters, Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco. The people at Levi’s were amazing and incredibly supportive of me and TEE. As a young engineer there was no better place to spend time.

I love everything about Engineering. It’s exciting to be a part of a team during the design and construction phase of a project. My favorite aspect of our industry is that after the projects we work on are built, you can visit them and observe how people interact with our designs. I still drive my kids by the first project I worked on, which was a Carnegie Library remodel in Alameda, California. What a beautiful building.