James D. Bell


“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do your best today.”

Jim is well versed in the intricacies of complex projects of any size in both new construction and renovation. His knowledge, design sense, humor, professionalism, and confidence builds trust and decades-long relationships with his clients who return to him again and again for multiple projects and requirements.

With over 30 years of experience, Jim has led a broad spectrum of project types making him a versatile designer and adept problem solver. He is Board Certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and is a Registered Architect in the states of Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, and Rhode Island.

How do you define success?
Success is doing what you enjoy with those you care about. A successful project is one that serves the needs of the client in a way that brings some level of joy or comfort to the users. Many projects are not glamorous, but all projects have a need. When that need is satisfied, the project is successful.

When working with a committee composed of many different personalities, what is the best approach?
The best approach is to let everyone be heard and to listen. I’ve found that when you can pay attention to everyone, even if all of their issues are not resolved, it goes a long way in finding common ground.

What drives you?
Healthcare design is my passion. I am fully energized by the complexities, challenges, and ultimately the rewards of a successful project.





Healthcare and community facilities. 


Manchester Community College & The University of Tennessee

Previous projects of special interest

Tolland Bank
Ellington, Large historic home converted to a branch bank
Moser Pilon Nelson Architects

CNC Software
Corporate headquarters in a rural setting
Moser Pilon Nelson Architects

Bristol Hospital
Perioperative Addition: 50,000 SF of surgical space
Moser Pilon Nelson Architects

VA In-patient Unit
Renovation of 30 bed in-patient unit
Moser Pilon Nelson Architects

QA+M Architecture is a full-service architectural firm that provides programming, planning and interior design for clients in commercial, community, education, healthcare, historical, housing, and recreational/athletic markets. Staffed by 34 dedicated professionals, including 14 licensed architects, QA+M has grown to be the 4th largest architectural firm in the Greater Hartford area.


195 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032