Corey McCalla


What attracted you to this profession?
The fusion of art and science to work on real world issues creatively and solve problems in our communities.

What three words would you use to describe your job?
Challenging, exciting, fulfilling

What are the most important personality traits to have in your profession?
Having the ability to collaborate with others is key to the success of an architect. Being open to new ideas and accepting of challenges is critical to the success of the practice of architecture.

What’s a typical week in your job like?
There is no such thing as at typical week. One week I might be traveling to help review and complete a punchlist for furniture installation, whereas the next week I might be working with team members across state lines on preparing for an owner presentation for a project hundreds of miles away. A few hundred emails and phone calls are thrown in between all of that.

What do you like most about your job?
Working with creative people from all backgrounds and disciplines every day is what I enjoy most about my job. Every day I can learn something new from my colleagues and clients with whom I have the pleasure of working.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
In our field, there are always difficulties and challenges in the built environment. Whether it is an unexpected condition in an existing building, or a field condition that has to be modified and change quickly always prove to be the most challenge aspects of design and construction.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
We are currently wrapping up construction of two high schools for a client in Virginia. This was a rare opportunity to design and build two new high schools at the same time. This has been a short, three-year effort with a fantastic client that I have to say is the coolest thing I am currently working on.

What have you accomplished at Moseley Architects that you’re proudest of?
Managing two high school projects with a short design time and seeing both of them through construction.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spending time with my wife and two children and exploring our city, Charleston.

What music are you listening to right now?
Run the Jewels

What’s your favorite film?
Depending on the day, Goodfellas, No Country for Old Men, or Young Frankenstein.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Every day is a gift…but one time as a child I got this rad Mighty Max toy. I wish I still had that thing…

What’s your motto or mantra?
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.