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 Institute
    and State University
    Virginia State AIA Emerging Leader in Architecture 2011
    Director of Re:Vision Norfolk

    Mobile: 757-589-8281
    E-mail: thom@wparch.com

  • Mel Price: Principal

    Mel Price: Principal

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
    BCOM certified
    State of Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA)
    Chair, AIA National Small Firm Exchange
    Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, Board of Directors
    Greater Norfolk Corporation, Executive Committee
    Downtown Norfolk Council, Board of Directors
    Re:Vision Norfolk, Treasurer
    Roy Badgley Distinguished Service Award Recipient, 2017

    Mobile: 757-472-9342
    E-mail: mel@wparch.com

  • Peter Johnston

    Peter Johnston

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

    Mobile: 757-321-1509
    E-mail: peter@wparch.com

  • John Stephens

    John Stephens

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
    Director of ReVision: Norfolk
    President of Saint Paul’s Place Board of Directors

    Mobile: 757-639-0710
    E-mail: john@wparch.com

  • 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
    SEED Certification, Harvard GSD
    Board of Directors, Old Beach Farmers Market
    Committee Member, Friends of the ViBe

    Mobile: 757-839-3095
    E-mail: jeremy@wparch.com

  • Katie Honbarrier

    Katie Honbarrier

    Bachelor of Business Administration, The College of William and Mary
    Master of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnical and State Univeristy
    Associate AIA

    Mobile: 703-635-6280
    E-mail: katie@wparch.com

  • Jacob Combee

    Jacob Combee

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

    Mobile: 804-516-9100
    E-mail: jacob@wparch.com

  • Zachary Robinson

    Zachary Robinson

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

    Mobile: 347-743-5345
    E-mail: zach@wparch.com

  • Beth White: Marketing

    Beth White: Marketing

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

    Mobile: 757-575-4613
    E-mail: beth@wparch.com

  • Rick Alexander: Business Development

    Rick Alexander: Business Development

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Communications, Old Dominion University
    Member Urban Land Institute
    Member HRACRE

    Mobile: 757-692-8162
    E-mail: rick@wparch.com

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