The Microdesk Career Journey

By Mallary White, Project Manager

Explore the career path of one of Microdesk’s Project Managers, Mallary White, and see why so many love to call Microdesk home for building their career.

My career at Microdesk began in 2014, as a Solution Specialist. I was looking for something outside of a typical architecture role and something to challenge what I already knew. I wanted a chance to work with a company that I could firmly believe in and get behind and Microdesk was the place for me.

Before my career at Microdesk, I received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University College of Architecture Art & Design. In architecture school I always found the application of technology and problem solving to be the most rewarding part of the design process.  After graduating, I moved to New York City to work for a theater design firm renovating iconic theaters throughout the United States. As I found myself troubleshooting design workflows, I felt empowerment with every new process and data exchange method learned.

My next move was to Los Angeles, working for a firm in the assessment and documentation of the build environment, promoting the use of technology in historic preservation. It was there that I developed my skillset for 3D laser scan to BIM, which I continue to use on an increasingly frequent basis.

Looking for additional challenges and an opportunity to work with a broader range of tools, I discovered Microdesk. In the 6 years since I began, I have forged a path to my current role as Project Manager for all West Coast Architecture projects. Over the years I have worked with some of the biggest names in the AECM&E industries ranging from Media, Entertainment, Hospitality, Healthcare to Residential and Aerospace.  The variety of clients, projects and the various levels of involvement were a huge draw. I doubted that I would ever get bored at a company as dynamic as Microdesk and so far, I haven’t! I have come to find that the collaborative culture and encouragement for good work-life balance is extremely important to the leadership throughout the company and this has been a huge bonus.

There is a team spirit at Microdesk that is unwavering. Each person supports one another to succeed; they thrive on working hard and playing hard and getting the job done right.

There is no doubt that my prior experiences prepared me for this career path. Whether it was developing soft skills, the technical innerworkings of Revit or just knowing what someone is expecting or hoping for, every little bit of experience has helped. Each chapter has helped me get to where I am in my career.

If I could give my younger self advice, it would be that Design breeds creativity and you can use that creativity to do anything you want for a career. You can play many different roles; there is no rule you need to follow a prescribed path.

With an Architecture Design background, you can steer a course of technology, construction, graphic design or owning your own business. This career comes with the reward of knowing that you are helping people resolve issues and perhaps improving the way someone is working just to make their workday a little smoother.

Like many at Microdesk my career path was not linear; I cherrypicked what excited me, and I figured out how I wanted to promote that knowledge and those talents to our clients. Microdesk afforded me the opportunity to mold my own unique path empowering me with the support and encouragement; I think that many people who come to Microdesk feel the same way. Each of us bring something unique to the table like a superhero squad, swooping in to help our clients; with such an expansive and experienced team working towards a common goal, there are few hurdles we can’t beat.

With the continued support of Microdesk leadership, I find myself thriving in areas of our work that I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to continuing my career while also expanding my knowledge.

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