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 & 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.

ABOUT/HISTORY

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

Mel Price
Principal

 Thom White  Principal

Thom White
Principal

 Peter Johnston  Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer

Peter Johnston
Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer

 John Stephens Senior Architect | Project Manager

John Stephens
Senior Architect | Project Manager

 Jacob Combee  Architect | Project Manager

Jacob Combee
Architect | Project Manager

 Zachary Robinson  Architectural Designer | Urban Designer

Zachary Robinson
Architectural Designer | Urban Designer

 Robert Crawshaw  Senior Architect | Project Manager

Robert Crawshaw
Senior Architect | Project Manager

 Sam Bowling Senior Architect | Project Manager

Sam Bowling
Senior Architect | Project Manager

Erin YoungArchitect | Project Manager

Erin Young
Architect | Project Manager

 Beth White  Marketing

Beth White
Marketing

 Rick Alexander  Business Development

Rick Alexander
Business Development

 Ross Cannon Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator

Ross Cannon
Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator

Stacey CrawshawGraphic Designer

Stacey Crawshaw
Graphic Designer

  •  Mel Price  Principal
  •  Thom White  Principal
  •  Peter Johnston  Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer
  •  John Stephens Senior Architect | Project Manager
  •  Jacob Combee  Architect | Project Manager
  •  Zachary Robinson  Architectural Designer | Urban Designer
  •  Robert Crawshaw  Senior Architect | Project Manager
  •  Sam Bowling Senior Architect | Project Manager
  • Erin YoungArchitect | Project Manager
  •  Beth White  Marketing
  •  Rick Alexander  Business Development
  •  Ross Cannon Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator
  • Stacey CrawshawGraphic Designer
  • Mel Price
    Principal

    • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
    • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • DEB certified
    • State of Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA)
    • Past Chair, AIA National Small Firm Exchange
    • Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, Executive Board of Directors
    • Greater Norfolk Corporation, Executive Board of Directors
    • Downtown Norfolk Council, Executive Board of Directors
    • Norfolk Forum, Board of Directors
    • City of Norfolk Design Review, Past Member
    • Norfolk Public Libraries, Board of Trustees, Past Member
    • Re:Vision Norfolk, Founding Member & Treasurer
    • Roy Badgley Distinguished Service Award Recipient, 2017

    Mobile: 757-472-9342
    E-mail: mel@wparch.com
  • Thom White
    Principal

    • Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • AIA, NCARB
    • VA, NC, MD Licensed Architect
    • Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
    • Association for Learning Environments
    • 2012 Roy Badgley Distinguished Service Award
    • 2011 AIA Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture
    • Founding Member and former Director of Re:Vision Norfolk
    • Board of Directors, Hermitage Museum and Gardens
    • Gardens & Grounds Committee, Hermitage Museum and Gardens
    • Black Rock City, Lead Artist

    Mobile: 757-589-8281
    E-mail: thom@wparch.com
  • Peter Johnston
    Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer

    • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Downtown Norfolk Council: Complete Streets Committee Member
    • Founding Board Member of the Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

    Mobile: 757-321-1509
    E-mail: peter@wparch.com
  • John Stephens
    Senior Architect | Project Manager

    • Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude & Minor in Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    • Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
    • Member of Re:Vision Norfolk
    • Hampton Roads Runners
    • Tidewater Striders
    • Saint Paul’s Place Condominium Association – Past President

    Mobile: 757-639-0710
    E-mail: john@wparch.com
  • Jacob Combee
    Architect | Project Manager

    • AIA, NCARB
    • Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • VHDA Universal Design Certificate
    • EarthCraft Virginia Building Professional Training
    • DEB Certified
    • Hampton Roads AIA, Tap Into Design Committee Chair
    • AIA Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture, 2018
    • AO Eames Modern Classic 2017, Winner

    Mobile: 804-516-9100
    E-mail: jacob@wparch.com
  • Zachary Robinson
    Architectural Designer | Urban Designer

    • Master of Urban Design , University of Miami
    • Master of Architecture, Hampton University
    • Associate AIA
    • Young Architects Forum Member
    • Downtown Norfolk Council – Downtown 100 Member

    Mobile: 347-743-5345
    E-mail: zach@wparch.com
  • Robert Crawshaw
    Senior Architect | Project Manager

    • AIA, NCARB
    • DEB Certified
    • Bachelor of Architecture , Hampton University
    • American Institute of Graphic Arts Member
    • 2016 AIA Virginia - Emerging Leaders in Architecture
    • Staff Volunteer for Hampton Roads Morning of Hope
    • Volunteer for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
    • Guest Lecturer/Critic at Hampton University Department of Architecture

    Mobile: 757-287-3236
    E-mail: rob@wparch.com
  • Sam Bowling
    Senior Architect | Project Manager

    • Master In Architecture, Kansas State University
    • AIA, NCARB
    • VA, DC Licensed Architect
    • USGBC Member
    • Emerging Leader, Design Futures Council

    Mobile: 757-897-6840
    E-mail: sam@wparch.com
  • Erin Young
    Architect | Project Manager

    • Bachelor of Architecture, Summa Cum Laude
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • AIA, NCARB
    • VA Licensed Architect
    • AIGA, The Professional Association For Design, Member

    Mobil: 757-389-6843
    E-mail: erin@wparch.com
  • 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

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

    Mobile: 757-692-8162
    E-mail: rick@wparch.com
  • Ross Cannon
    Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator

    • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs & Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Mobile: 757-615-1163
    E-mail: ross@wparch.com
  • Stacey Crawshaw
    Graphic Designer

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Communication Design, Magna Cum Laude, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Associate of Applied Science: Graphic Design, Magna Cum Laude, Tidewater Community College
    • Associate of Art: Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude, Tidewater Community College
    • AIGA, The Professional Association for Design, Member
    • Destination Imagination Virginia, State Board member and Affiliate Co-Challenge Master
    • Staff Volunteer for Hampton Roads Morning of Hope
    • Volunteer for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

    Mobile: 757-570-3425
    E-mail: stacey@wparch.com
  •  Mel Price  Principal
  •  Thom White  Principal
  •  Peter Johnston  Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer
  •  John Stephens Senior Architect | Project Manager
  •  Jacob Combee  Architect | Project Manager
  •  Zachary Robinson  Architectural Designer | Urban Designer
  •  Robert Crawshaw  Senior Architect | Project Manager
  •  Sam Bowling Senior Architect | Project Manager
  • Erin YoungArchitect | Project Manager
  •  Beth White  Marketing
  •  Rick Alexander  Business Development
  •  Ross Cannon Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator
  • Stacey CrawshawGraphic Designer

Our Team

 Mel Price  Principal

Mel Price
Principal

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
  • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  • DEB certified
  • State of Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA)
  • Past Chair, AIA National Small Firm Exchange
  • Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, Executive Board of Directors
  • Greater Norfolk Corporation, Executive Board of Directors
  • Downtown Norfolk Council, Executive Board of Directors
  • Norfolk Forum, Board of Directors
  • City of Norfolk Design Review, Past Member
  • Norfolk Public Libraries, Board of Trustees, Past Member
  • Re:Vision Norfolk, Founding Member & 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
  • NCARB
  • Director of Re:Vision Norfolk

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

 Peter Johnston   Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer

Peter Johnston
Associate | Urban Designer | Industrial Designer

  • 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  Senior Architect | Project Manager

John Stephens
Senior Architect | Project Manager

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

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

 Jacob Combee   Architect | Project Manager

Jacob Combee
Architect | Project Manager

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

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

 Zachary Robinson   Architectural Designer | Urban Designer

Zachary Robinson
Architectural Designer | Urban Designer

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

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

 Robert Crawshaw   Senior Architect | Project Manager

Robert Crawshaw
Senior Architect | Project Manager

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

Mobile: 757-287-3236
E-mail: rob@wparch.com

 Sam Bowling  Senior Architect | Project Manager

Sam Bowling
Senior Architect | Project Manager

  • Masters of Architecture, Kansas State University
  • AIA, NCARB
  • Co-Director of Outreach, AIA Hampton Roads
  • Emerging Leader – Design Futures Council 2015

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

Erin YoungArchitect | Project Manager

Erin Young
Architect | Project Manager

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Summa Cum Laude
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • AIA, NCARB
  • VA Licensed Architect
  • AIGA, The Professional Association For Design, Member

Mobil: 757-389-6843
E-mail: erin@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

 Ross Cannon Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator

Ross Cannon
Urban Planner | Graphic Illustrator

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs & Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Mobile: 757-615-1163
E-mail: ross@wparch.com

Stacey CrawshawGraphic Designer

Stacey Crawshaw
Graphic Designer

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Communication Design, Magna Cum Laude, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Associate of Applied Science: Graphic Design, Magna Cum Laude, Tidewater Community College
  • Associate of Art: Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude, Tidewater Community College
  • AIGA, The Professional Association for Design, Member
  • Destination Imagination Virginia, State Board member and Affiliate Co-Challenge Master
  • Staff Volunteer for Hampton Roads Morning of Hope
  • Volunteer for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Mobile: 757-570-3425
E-mail: stacey@wparch.com

208 E. Plume Street  Monticello Arcade, Suite 2 Norfolk, VA 23510 Studio: 757.227.5310
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208 E. Plume Street
Monticello Arcade, Suite 2
Norfolk, VA 23510
757.227.5310
© 2019 WPA
Website in care of Array Digital