Jim Stearman, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

Jim is a Principal of BatesForum based in the Springfield, Missouri office. Jim’s career has spanned 27 years and includes a wide range of building types, from residential to mixed use commercial and civic. Throughout this variety of experience, Jim has developed a passion to improve the lives of people through architecture. This passion has made healthcare design a natural focus of his career. Jim has worked with a variety of medical facilities ranging in size and complexity. His clients include county hospitals, hospital systems, as well the Department of Defense with clinics and hospitals on military bases across the country.

Jim studied music and architecture in his home state of Oklahoma and earned his bachelor’s in architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma. What Jim enjoys most is working with clients to make people’s lives better. With a process of engagement and consensus building, he uses technology, simulation and quality focused integration to drive value to clients and patient outcomes.

With experience in both renovation/expansion and new campus planning, Jim has led design efforts from site selection all the way through construction and has substantial experience master planning regional medical center campuses, medical office buildings, neighborhood clinics as well as rural and critical access hospitals.

In addition to architectural planning, he has led interior design and rebranding efforts for facilities and health systems and set standards for their future. Jim has experience leading planning and design for Women’s Birthing Centers, Outpatient Surgery Centers and experience in Academic Medical Center specialties such as Behavioral Health, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Acute Stroke and Epilepsy units.

Outside of work, Jim and his wife enjoy fishing, biking and hiking with their three boys, and teaching them music, painting and gardening.