Forbes Architects encourages a results-based firm culture to achieve client satisfaction.

The firm uses a strong Project Manager organization that allows for a team approach to project management and production. Design is crafted in a creative and dynamic studio environment. Project managers start and complete each project through construction to ensure consistency and seamless communication.

Mission Statement

The firm mission statement demands our leadership in the utilization and implementation of the most advanced architectural and business technology available.

Firm Introduction


  • Recipient of the 2006 Architect of the Year by the local chapter of American Institute of Architects
  • Recipient of the 2005 Award for Excellence in Architecture presented by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects for the design of the Crandon Park Golf Course Clubhouse.
  • 2003 NAIOP Award of Excellence for a Build-to-Suit office building for the U.S. Secret Service (Miami Field Office)
  • Earned four FAME Awards for Design Excellence
  • 1995 recipient, in joint venture with Suzanne Martinson Architects, of the American Institute of Architects Award for Excellence in Design

Established: 1985

Architecture :

  • AA-F000104
  • AA-C001994

Interior Design:

  • ID-0003942


  • NCARB Certifications
  • CPTED Certification


Forbes Architects offers architecture and interior design services, specializing in the development and renovation of office and industrial environments. The firm has successfully executed large, small and phased construction projects in occupied buildings including large office, medical and computer facilities. Forbes Architects is one of the most experienced space planning firms in South Florida.

The firm has effectively planned and managed projects, including many office and industrial buildings, from conception, including navigating the process for zoning variances, public hearings and city commission meetings, through design and construction. Forbes Architects is renowned for their ability to work with various municipal agencies in South Florida including Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and the cities of Miami, Aventura, Coral Gables, Jupiter, Coral Springs, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Tamarac, Wellington and Weston.

Forbes Architects is expert in budget development, cost control and project scheduling. Microsoft Project scheduling software is utilized for projects of appropriate size, to mirror and monitor the project schedule and protect the client’s interests. Imaging and 3-D software enables the firm to visually analyze projects at early conceptual stages.

Forbes Architects has Technical Certification with Miami-Dade County to provide Construction Management services. Our affiliated company, Forbes Construction and Development, is an independent, full service construction firm with the same ownership as Forbes Architects. This unique arrangement allows for realistic construction estimates, construction schedules and construction management services.


Forbes Architects was founded in 1985 with the goal of providing quality design and business services.


John R. Forbes, AIA, is a former adjunct Design Lecturer at the University of Miami and is a Certified General Contractor. For 27 years he has been shaping the look and feel of South Florida with his designs.

Forbes Architects, licensed and insured to practice Architecture and Interior Design, has built a solid client base by emphasizing the delivery of architectural services in a creative, technically competent and professional manner.

We continue to add to our client list by providing good design and excellent service. Our current relationships include The Graham Companies, Don Shula’s Hotel, Athletic Club and Golf Resort, Flagler Development, First Industrial, MetroPCS, Trammell Crow Company, CB Richard Ellis, Cushman & Wakefield, Florida International University, University of Miami, Dade County Public Schools, Broward County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation, Regions Bank, Baptist Hospital, Federal Express Corporation and American Express.

Our current staff of professionals is highly motivated and uses the finest computer equipment and programs available. Always a criterion for employment, technical competence is reinforced by our rigorous staff development initiatives, monetary incentives and continuing education programs.

Supplemental Services

Project Management services are available to assist you in implementing your project through the design and construction phases, to ensure your project proceeds smoothly. We will represent you and take care of managing the project in every way.

Forbes Architects will meet with your tenant or end-user to conduct space programming meetings to discuss square footage requirements, spatial relationships, adjacencies, technological infrastructure, aesthetics and security needs to develop a unique and functional design solution.

Forbes Architects also offers a complete range of Interior Design services. Our firm believes that good design must be carried out through every detail of the work. We can further assist with the specifications, bidding, procurement and the installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E).

Move Management, Facilities Management, Construction Management and Permitting services are also available.


We consider our clients to be an important part of the design team. Our alternative driven design process encourages client interaction and participation.

Forbes Architects has developed long lasting relationships with some of the finest consultants in South Florida to provide comprehensive or “turn key” services. We work together regularly, which allows us to provide seamless services across many disciplines including Zoning, Landscape Architecture, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Structural Engineering, Acoustics, Telecommunication and more.