We’re looking for a new addition to the WPA team! You will be working with a fun and interdisciplinary group of architects, urban designers, graphic, and industrial designers in an open and collaborative environment. We are an active part of our community and we focus the majority of our efforts on enhancing and growing Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton and the Hampton Roads/North Carolina coastal region. You will be seated at one big desk in an inspiring studio amongst friends and colleagues where you will get to know us quickly!
Your role is going to be an exciting one, as WPA has an incredible portfolio of regional Urban Design work. While we are a local firm, we are fortunate to be working on national-level, high-profile urban design projects such as the redesign of the St. Paul’s Area (the country’s largest public housing project turned mixed income/mixed use redevelopment), sea level rise and coastal resilience projects, the Chrysler Museum Masterplan, the Hermitage Museum Master Plan, the Downtown Norfolk Plan 2030, a pattern book for a new 3,000 acre mixed-use development, and a pattern book for all future mixed-income developments in the City of Norfolk. You will be working with our in-house urban design team, Ray Gindroz (who works out of the WPA Studio and leads many of our urban design efforts), and our amazing team of consultants who are experts in sustainable landscape design, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and hydrology. You will be able to see your City change around you in just a few years as we work through projects that affect our families and our neighbors. We expect you to come to the table with a love of actively participating in an urban environment, walking and biking, and living in our changing City. You should be passionate about improving the lives of all citizens in a community. You should also be comfortable with and have fun listening, presenting, and sketching out ideas in front of a crowd.
4 or 5-year design degree (architecture, urban design, or landscape architecture)
Understanding of grant programs for mixed-income development
Adobe Creative Suite
Revit (a plus, but we can teach this if needed)
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include:
-Retirement plan (Simple IRA 3% match)
-Parking or Walking/Biking bonus
-WPA cell phone plan or cell phone reimbursement ($50/month)
-Health Insurance, Vision, Dental (50%)
-Life & Disability Insurance
-Health Club Membership
-Professional development (association fees, events, conferences)
-3 weeks vacation (of your choice), 1 week of standard holidays, 1 week off between Christmas and New Years
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About Work Program Architects
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. Th...is 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.