Jela-Ni McCarthy

Project Designer


What attracted you to this profession?

I have a fascination with how things are put together. It is a combination of art and science which I loved learning growing up.


What three words would you use to describe your job?

Details, details, details.


What are the most important personality traits to have in your profession?

Persistence is an important trait. Any trait that drives you to succeed in a fluid environment. It’s important to be reliable as well as show you’re willing to be diverse.


What’s a typical week in your job like?

A typical week is essentially drawing out buildings, coordinating conflicts with the design team as well as engineers, developing details and managing time between different projects.


What do you like most about your job?

I like that I am always in a state of learning here. The people I am around are always willing to teach me and show me different and unique ways of designing solutions.


What’s the most challenging part of your job?

There are lots of challenges with this profession. Definitely the most challenging part is finding your own mistakes.


What have you accomplished at Moseley Architects that you’re proudest of?

Third Creek and Woodland were two projects we submitted at the same time for bid. I am proud of watching the building become real. It is also the first project I have done from start to almost completion.


What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Outside of work I like to do martial arts. I am usually focusing on physical activities so I can do my most favorite thing which is eating food.


What music are you listening to right now?

I listen to a lot of different music. I prefer hip-hop. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Audio push or JID, but I have been known to listen to electronic music or some hip-hop jazz.


What’s your favorite film?

The Matrix. Hands down one of the best movies in my opinion.


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

My ring I received from my mom for graduation. I am never seen without it. It is a silver ring engraved with a dragons head on it.


What’s your motto or mantra?

“The race is not for the swift, but for those who endure to the very end.”