About WPA

Work Program Architects was founded in 2010 by Mel Price and Thom White. Located in the historic Monticello Arcade in Downtown Norfolk, WPA has an open studio environment that encourages collaboration between staff, consultants, clients, and the community. WPA is focused on educational and municipal work, civic landmarks, places of business, and any place where people gather.

WPA designs a wide variety of buildings types for educational, government, commercial, medical, and residential clients. Our staff consists of designers with a broad range of skills including industrial design, urban planning, graphic design, fabrication, modeling, and project management. WPA has an in-house former educator on our team to help better design informed and engaging learning environments.

Our mission is to build community through good design. An ever-evolving, inclusive, and multi-disciplinary design process results in projects unique to their location. The relationships we build with our clients and the community create buildings, neighborhoods, and urban places that connect people in living, working, and social spaces. We value a healthy and collaborative environment in which we develop responsible professionals and effective leaders, and foster the efforts of engaged citizens.

Our Team

  • Thom White: Principal
  • Mel Price: Principal
  • Peter Johnston
  • John Stephens
  • Jeremy Maloney
  • Katie Honbarrier
  • Jacob Combee
  • Zachary Robinson
  • Beth White: Marketing
  • Rick Alexander: Business Development
  • Thom White: Principal

    Thom White: Principal

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
    Virginia State AIA Emerging Leader in Architecture 2011
    NCARB
    Director of Re:Vision Norfolk

  • Mel Price: Principal

    Mel Price: Principal

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
    AIA
    LEED AP
    BCOM certified
    Treasurer of Re:Vision Norfolk
    National AIA Small firm Round Table, Executive Committee
    Presenter, AIA 2014 National convention “Small Firmology: the Art and Science of Scaled Practice”
    Greater Norfolk Corporation, Executive committee
    Chair, Brain Gain Task Force, Greater Norfolk Corporation

  • Peter Johnston

    Peter Johnston

    Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
    Board of Directors, Downtown Norfolk Council
    Downtown Norfolk Council Walkability Committee
    Director of Re:Vision Norfolk

  • John Stephens

    John Stephens

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
    AIA
    NCARB
    LEED AP

  • Jeremy Maloney

    Jeremy Maloney

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia
    Master of Architecture, Tulane University, AIA Henry Adams Medal and certificate of Merit
    AIA
    NCARB
    SEED Certification, Harvard GSD
    Board of Directors, Old Beach Farmers Market
    Committee Member, Friends of the ViBe

  • Katie Honbarrier

    Katie Honbarrier

    Bachelor of Business Administration, The College of William and Mary
    Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech
    Associate AIA

  • Jacob Combee

    Jacob Combee

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Tech
    Associate AIA
    Tap into Design Committee Chair, AIA Hampton Roads

  • Zachary Robinson

    Zachary Robinson

    Master of Architecture, Hampton University
    Master of Urban Design, University of Miami

  • Beth White: Marketing

    Beth White: Marketing

    Bachelor of Science, Anthropology, Radford University
    Master of Education, Old Dominion University

  • Rick Alexander: Business Development

    Rick Alexander: Business Development

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Communications, Old Dominion University

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