Our Mission

To strengthen community through a collaborative design process.

Our Core Values

Collaborative: We are true collaborators within the WPA studio, with our clients, consultants, other architects, and the community. We’ve built out additional desks, meeting space, and gallery in order to make a physical space for these opportunities.

Community-Focused: We support our local community and believe in real public process where everyone has an equal voice and feels invested. We deliberately take on pro bono work to demonstrate our dedication to community projects.

Open and Transparent: We’ve built our business on true transparency. Finances are an open book, as we believe it provides for two-way accountability. By opening ourselves up for critique, we can grow and develop our practice more rapidly.

Generalists: We design for all types of projects and take on work on the condition that it allows us to learn something new. While we are developing expertise in sea level rise and coastal resiliency work, we will never specialize in any project type.

Process-Driven: We practice process-driven design. The same steps apply to all sizes and types of projects. This reinforces all of our other Core Values.


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, clients, consultants, and the community.

WPA is focused on educational and municipal work, civic landmarks, places of business, and any place where people gather. Our 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.

WPA is comprised of professionals with a broad range of skills including architecture, industrial design, urban planning, graphic design, fabrication, modeling, and project management. WPA has an in-house licensed educator on our team to help program and design engaging learning environments. 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Katie Honbarrier

    Katie Honbarrier

    Bachelor of Business Administration, The College of William and Mary
    Master of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnical and State Univerisity
    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

  • Robert Crawshaw

    Robert Crawshaw

    Bachelor of Architecture, Hampton University
    Virginia State AIA Emerging Leader in Architecture 2016

    Mobile: 757-287-3236
    E-mail: rob@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