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  Architect | Urban Designer

Zachary Robinson
Architect | Urban Designer

 Robert Crawshaw  Senior Architect | Project Manager

Robert Crawshaw
Senior Architect | Project Manager

 Sam Bowling Senior Architects | Project Manager

Sam Bowling
Senior Architects | Project Manager

 Beth White  Marketing

Beth White
Marketing

 Rick Alexander  Business Development

Rick Alexander
Business Development

  •  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  Architect | Urban Designer
  •  Robert Crawshaw  Senior Architect | Project Manager
  •  Sam Bowling Senior Architects | Project Manager
  •  Beth White  Marketing
  •  Rick Alexander  Business Development
  • Mel Price
    Principal

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
    AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    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

    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 & 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 & 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
    Architect | Urban Designer

    Architectural & 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 Architects | Project Manager

    Master In Architecture, Kansas State University
    AIA, NCARB
    USGBC Member
    Director of Outreach, AIA Hampton Roads
    Emerging Leader, Design Futures Council


    Mobile: 757-897-6840
    E-mail: sam@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
  •  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  Architect | Urban Designer
  •  Robert Crawshaw  Senior Architect | Project Manager
  •  Sam Bowling Senior Architects | Project Manager
  •  Beth White  Marketing
  •  Rick Alexander  Business Development

Our Team

 Mel Price  Principal

Mel Price
Principal

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
  • AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  • 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
  • NCARB
  • 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
  • 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

Jacob Combee

  • 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

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
  • AIA
  • Virginia State AIA Emerging Leader in Architecture 2016

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

 Sam Bowling

Sam Bowling

  • 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

 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

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