james r. hoch, aia, PRINCIPAL

Upon graduation from the College of Architecture & Planning at Ball State University in 1984, Jim’s professional career began in Indianapolis at the firm of Ken Carr and Associates. The firm of four architects was instrumental in the design and engineering of many of the commercial offices located at the “Precedent Office Park” at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis as well as projects throughout the region for large corporate, real estate, and retail developers.

An opportunity to return to his home in Fort Wayne resulted in several successful years of Jim working professionally in the healthcare, telecommunications, and commercial fields gaining his National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and Indiana Architects Professional License.

The years of 1993-1994 signaled the beginning of the architectural engineering firm of Hoch Associates. Hoch was formally incorporated in 1994. Projects within the healthcare and commercial sectors formulated the foundational corporate identity of that which was to be realized in the coming years. In the mid 1990’s, Jim’s strategic direction toward the rapidly evolving telecommunications market propelled the now expanding firm into regional and national markets.

Healthcare and commercial/manufacturing sector growth continued while the telecommunications, data center, and “mission critical” sector rapidly evolved Hoch into an industry leader with projects located throughout the U.S. and internationally.

In early 2000, Hoch again expanded its capabilities with the development of its specialized structural engineering sector, providing a unique and specialized expertise for precast concrete engineering and the industry as a whole. This strategic direction resulted in the involvement with award-winning, nationally recognized projects such as Yankee Stadium parking structures, Mercy West Hospital in Cincinnati, as well as multiple educational, corporate, and parking structures throughout the U.S.

As the founding Principal and President of Hoch Associates, Jim’s role stretches from corporate identity and structure, conceptual design, and engineering implementation to client relations and management of a national multi-office architectural and engineering practice.

Jim has given generously to the community through service as board member and chairman in numerous organizations including being a member of the American Institute of Architects, Citizens Commission to Review Local Government, City of Fort Wayne Plan Commission (Past President), Greater Fort Wayne Crime-Stoppers, City of Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals (Past President), The Salvation Army Regional Advisory Board, Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors, Bishop Luers High School Board, Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocesan School Board, and Ball State University Parents Advisory Committee, not to mention his extensive coaching involvement in youth athletics.

Jim and his wife Cindy who is also a Ball State University graduate and Interior Designer with the firm are proud parents of four children all of which are entering into professional degreed programs at the university level.

Leadership experience throughout Jim’s career and life has led Jim to his core belief in team values and in a work ethic that holds client relationship and well-being above all else. With these principles, Jim leads Hoch while
continually strengthening and developing new markets and strategies and developing dynamic project solutions.

Highlighted Project Experience

  • Franciscan Health – Rensselaer, IN
  • Lutheran Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center – Fort Wayne, IN
  • St. Joseph Hospital Medical Office Building – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Fort Wayne Riverfront Development - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Skyline Garage - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Comcast Cablevision—Nationwide
  • Cox Communications—Nationwide
  • Charter Communications – Nationwide
  • Wide Open West—Nationwide
  • Time Warner—Nationwide
  • Adelphia—Nationwide
  • US Government Military Installations – Nationwide
  • Wide Open West– Midwest Operations
  • Yankee Stadium Parking Garages – Bronx, NY
  • Harrison Square Parking Garage – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Dupont Hospital Medical Office Building – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Bishop Luers High School – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Franciscan Alliance Health Network – Lafayette, IN
  • North Central Telephone Cooperative – Tennessee
  • PSE&G – New Jersey
  • Covenant Care – Midwest
  • Mercy West Hospital – Cincinnati, OH
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
  • Rockbridge Broadband Initiative – Lexington, VA


Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch. 1984)
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design (B.S. 1984)
Ball State University; College of Architecture and Planning
Muncie, Indiana


Responsibilities include all aspects of development of a national multi-office architectural and engineering practice with emphasis in the healthcare, telecommunications/data center, and specialty precast engineering, and commercial/industrial sectors. Oversight of operations, marketing/promotion, client development, schematic design, financial management, and growth strategies. Project size varies from $500K construction values to over $50,000,000.00 construction values. Coordination of large network telecommunications projects throughout the United States for industry leaders Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications, Qwest/CenturyLink, and the U.S. Military as well as other telecommunication facilities throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Extensive expertise with complete initial project development, coordination, and deployment.

Professional Membership And Community Service

1989-present – National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
1989-present – American Institute of Architects (AIA)
1993-1995 – Citizens Commission to Review Local Government, City Council Appointee
1993-2005 – City of Fort Wayne Plan Commission, Past President
1993-1997 – Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers, Board of Directors
1994- 2005 – City of Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals, Past President / Chairman
1995-2006 – The Salvation Army Regional Advisory Board, Board Member
1996-2000 – Three Rivers Festival, Board of Directors
2002-present – Bishop Luers High School School Board (Past President)
2009-present – Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend, Diocesan School Board Member
2009-present – City of Fort Wayne Downtown Design Guideline Taskforce
2010-present – City of Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals
2010-present – Ball State University – Parents Advisory Committee

State Licensure/Certifications

1989-present – National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
1989-present – American Institute of Architects (AIA)


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