Principals

In 1986, Forum founders R. Norman Stoehr and James B. Black instilled a simple business philosophy that still guides us today: Deliver world-class architecture and design at the highest possible level. Living up to this standard requires an extraordinary level of organization, expertise, and communication. When you partner with Forum, you are immediately aware of our elevated commitment to you and your project. Introducing forward thinking architecture and design, superior attention to detail and outstanding communication are the pillars to Forum’s success.
James B. Black, AIA, LEED AP
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Jim Black, Founding Principal, has over 37 years of professional experience.  He is a Registered Architect in 16 states and a Certified Building Contractor in both Florida and North Carolina, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.  Jim’s primary responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, corporate management, daily operations and the firm’s sustainability initiatives.  Jim’s portfolio of clients and projects encompasses all multifamily market segments with ongoing client relationships of over 26 years. Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida.

Jim is licensed in: AL, AZ, DC, FL, GA, IN, LA, MD, MA, MS, NV, NM, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.

Karen V. McIntyre, AIA
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Karen McIntyre, Principal,  joined Forum in 2001.  Karen’s responsibilities include managing multifamily, single family, commercial and renovation projects. She enjoys and is intensely involved in the programming and design phase of many projects; working closely with the clients and her team at Forum to develop a complete, well organized set of construction documents. Karen holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute. Karen is a Licensed Architect in the states of Florida and Connecticut.

Andrew Roark, AIA
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Andrew Roark, Principal,  currently manages commercial, multifamily, senior living, assisted living, memory care and renovation projects with an emphasis on complex mid-rise, high-rise and LEED projects.  Among his strengths are a strong commitment to communication within the team, a broad working knowledge of building codes and various construction methods, and efficient project scheduling.  Andrew believes that the architectural process is one of creative problem-solving throughout all phases of every project, and is steadfastly devoted to providing a quality product.  Andrew holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of South Florida. Andrew is a Licensed Architect in the state of Florida.

Kathryn Trentley, IIDA
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Katie, Associate Principal, is experienced in creating exceptional and award-winning designs. As the Interior Design Department Manager she is responsible for reviewing design concepts, establishing client relationships, managing project development, and administrating the interior design team. Katie has extensive experience in model merchandising, high-end residential, interior detailing and commercial projects. Katie is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has a passion for the conservation of historical projects. Katie is a licensed Interior Designer in the State of Florida.

R. Norman Stoehr, Founding Principal (Retired)
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Norman Stoehr, Founding Principal, has over 40 years of professional experience in architectural design, interior design and corporate business management. He is a Registered Architect in 15 states, a Licensed Interior Designer in Florida and also a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Florida. Norman is involved in the corporate management and operations of Forum and also is responsible for the overall design initiatives on a wide variety of projects. Through his extensive experience Norman has refined his focus and specialized in the area of programming and design of resort/hotel, commercial, residential and interior design projects. Norman holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Clemson University.

Norman is licensed in: AL, FL, IL, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NJ, NY, NC, OH, SC, VA, and Ontario CA

Leadership Team

Our client managers are the heart of Forum’s leadership and take personal interest in the successful outcome of the firm. Working alongside their teams of architects and designers, they ensure Forum delivers projects of the highest quality through open communication with the entire project team.

A client manager is involved in every project from inception through the end of construction, providing reliable continuity while maintaining and fostering relationships with clients, consultants and contractors. These individuals rely on diversity of experiences and varied skill sets, but they share a common passion and dedication when it comes to providing the best service to our clients. Their management style underscores the firm’s overall philosophy of developing long-term relationships built on trust and service with our clients.

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