Bruce K Forbes

Bruce Kenneth Forbes

1956 – 2016

Making the World
a Better Place


Making the World a Better Place

Bruce Kenneth Forbes, Founder of ARCHIBUS, inspired multiple generations of colleagues with his vision and by his example. 

Bruce rewrote the rules of business.  Bruce demonstrated that you could run a business with respect for each individual and in doing so release the creativity of every single person in every single enterprise.  He showed that you could move organizations from competition to cooperation and co-opetition, and forge lasting partnerships that were far more successful together than they could possibly be apart. 

Bruce believed that technology has a mission—not just to make the world more productive but to make it better.  Bruce believed in technology as a democratizing power, one that gave all levels of organizations power to make positive change and to overcome all barriers of budget, governance, and inertia. 

Bruce believed he could make positive change go viral; that he could start by changing one person at a time, one team at a time, one city, and then one country at a time.  Bruce believed that together we all could make a true difference in the world, make it greener, focus its resources on things that matter to people.

Bruce was not trying to build an empire but a community, a community with a purpose.  Bruce looked to mentor heroes who would champion the cause in businesses, cities and communities around the world.  Bruce wanted to catalyze a revolution—not just of technological innovation, but one of spirit.  Bruce was not trying to do it all himself, but to inspire countless people to build their own businesses and their own careers, and he gave them ARCHIBUS as the platform to build on, as their agent of change, as the means to make their own ideas a reality, thereby creating an industry.  He showed them how they could use ARCHIBUS to help themselves, their colleagues, and serve the people around them.

Bruce Succeeded.  He created an Industry and Community based on Trust.


The ARCHIBUS Global Community—Inspired and Innovative Eco-System

For over three decades, Bruce inspired a global community of business  and technology leaders, practitioners and domain specialists who are committed to carrying forward the ARCHIBUS mission and values.

The ARCHIBUS partner community is strong, cohesive and unique.  Bruce’s efforts have been remarkable in building not just industry practice and technology, but creating a unique business model that has generated countless productive businesses all around the world.  

“Bruce inspired us and our clients…and managed to create this unique community of people who are always happy to meet and proud to work together from the U.S. to the UK, from Australia to Latin America, from Europe to Asia. We share this huge legacy. We are very thankful to Bruce and are convinced that he has built ARCHIBUS on strong foundations.” (ARCHIBUS Business Partner)

The ARCHIBUS user community is empathetic and competent, with champions at countless businesses putting innovative ideas into practice that make the world greener, safer and more prosperous.  Bruce for years disseminated methods, advice, and strategies for ARCHIBUS users to further their careers and purpose in life.  As a result, the ARCHIBUS Community is a unique and supportive network of success.

“The ARCHIBUS Federated Eco-System, as a whole, is a multifaceted innovation community with intrinsic understanding of global/local practices, with deep knowledge of the industry, and is the largest body of real estate, infrastructure & facilities management professionals in the world,” says Wise Cho, CEO of ARCHIBUS. 



The Journey

Bruce Kenneth Forbes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 12, 1956, to Richard Earl and Phoebe Lorraine Forbes.  He grew up in Endicott, New York, home to IBM, where his dad worked as an Electrical Engineer. Computers were an important part of Bruce’s life as far back as he could remember.  His dad worked on IBM’s First Computers at Harvard University (Mark I and Mark III) and at age 11, through an IBM-sponsored Explorers Group, Bruce had access to an IBM 360/370 Computer. Bruce grew up with his older brother, Al, younger sister, Janice, and his parents, who offered remarkable support for everything in which he was interested.

In High School, Bruce had a strong interest in music and was selected as an All-American Youth Honors Musician. He had the privilege of performing at the White House and at several venues in Russia. With a newfound interest in art and architecture, developed through his travel experience in Russia, he became interested in blending the field of Architecture with Computer Science. At Syracuse University, he became the first person in the world to simultaneously receive both a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science.

While an undergraduate, Bruce always felt fortunate to have had Steve Coons, the Father of Computer Graphics, as one of his advisors and mentor. In 1976, he was selected to be an Institute Scholar for the American Institute of Architects, and conducted the world’s 1st Survey of Computer Applications for Architects. During this time, it became apparent to him that there was a need for Integrated Real Estate, Infrastructure and Facilities Management Automation. He was inspired to design the world’s first Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) system in order to meet the need he saw.  With a Master of Science in Computer Graphics from Cornell, in 1978 he went to Harvard University for a second professional degree in Architecture. From 1979 to 1982, Bruce was Director of the Design Automation Project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design but, in order to bring automation to the profession in a more timely fashion, he chose to participate in the world of business.

Bruce joined Jung/Brannen Companies, an Architecture/Urban Design/Planning/Interior Design firm, where he became Managing Director and developed the world’s first integrated CAFM system, which was used for a large-scale project, the 1.2 million square foot Boston World Trade Center.

As Founder, President and CEO of ARCHIBUS, Bruce continued to live his conviction that the true transformational power of business was not in connecting processes or technology, but in connecting people. He connected people who shared the same purpose, vision, values, and goals—trusting that together we would be far more effective in making the world a better place. In 2008, he was inducted as an IFMA Fellow (International Facility Management Association), having served on the Board which noted his remarkable 30+ years of service to the profession.

In both his private and public lives, Bruce was known for his generosity of spirit, brilliant mind, energetic conversation, empathetic interest in everyone, and intent to make the world a better place. For many years, he was actively involved in the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He volunteered with numerous school-based groups throughout his daughter’s elementary, middle and high school years. He loved being active in the Charles River Park Community, which was his home for over thirty years.



Memorials in Bruce’s name can be made to the Park Street Church, at, or to the IFMA Foundation. The IFMA Foundation works for the public good in support of Facility Management higher education, students studying Facility Management and related fields, research critical to the profession, and increasing awareness of facility management and making FM a career of choice.  Contributions can be made via the Foundation’s website, and mention Bruce Forbes in the ‘additional comments’ box.