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Urban Designer Needed

12/15/2023 2:29 PM | Jennifer Thomas (Administrator)

We are looking for a new addition to the WPA team. You will be working with a fun group of architects, interior designers, urban designers, graphic designers, and industrial designers in an open, collaborative environment. We have a beautiful studio at Assembly and can’t wait to share it with you. We love working together in-person, but also offer a hybrid work environment complete with a work-from-home setup to provide flexibility.

We are a local firm working on regional projects with national attention – St. Paul’s Transformation, City of Norfolk flood protection, Missing Middle and ADU plan books, and master planning for the Elizabeth River Trail. Our focus is mixed-income, mixed-use communities, coastal resilience in the face of sea level rise, and proactive changes to zoning and streetscape standards to make safe, comfortable, walkable communities. Our hope is that you can help grow our portfolio and bring the expertise we’ve built to other coastal communities. We believe in transparent community engagement, where everyone has an equal voice and people feel comfortable participating in the process.

You will be able to see your region change around you in just a few years as we design projects that positively affect our families and neighbors. We expect you to come to the table with a love of actively participating in an urban environment, designing, and detailing to improve the lives of our community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ·         Accredited design degree (architecture, urban design, or landscape architecture)
  • ·         4+yr. professional experience
  • ·         Experience working with a team of designers
  • ·         Rendering abilities and an eye for excellent composition & design
  • ·         Experience with community engagement & consensus building
  • ·         Comfortable listening, presenting, and sketching out ideas in front of a crowd


  • ·         SketchUp Pro
  • ·         ArcGIS
  • ·         Adobe Creative Suite
  • ·         Revit (a plus, but we can teach this if needed)
  • ·         Enscape (we can teach you this one quickly if you already have rendering knowledge)


WPA is a financially open-books, open-salary company. Our interview process includes time for you to get to know us, for us to get to know you, and for you to make us an offer on the appropriate salary that meets your qualifications.

Relocation Fee

Yes! If you fall in love with Norfolk like we have, we will pay to bring you here.

Please send resumes and portfolio samples to our hiring committee at


8100 Three Chopt Road, OMG Suite 226

Richmond, VA 23229


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