Mel Price is Principal and co-founder of Work Program Architects. Formed in 2010, WPA is an architecture and urban design practice located in Norfolk, Virginia. A key focus of WPA’s work is placemaking in urban areas, sea level rise and coastal resilience design. WPA has been a financially transparent and open-books company since inception. Mel believes strongly in pay transparency as a tool to build diversity and equity within the firm. She specializes in community outreach, always finding a way to bring polarized and highly charged groups of stakeholders to common ground where good design and development is embraced by the community. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and is the past-Chair of the AIA National Small Firm Exchange.