Thomas J. Caulfield, AIA


Architect, State of California


Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1964








Vice President, Muller & Caulfield Architects

Principal, Caulfield Architects

Vice President, Project Principal, IDG Architects

Partner in Charge of Joint Venture: Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis/ Peters, Clayberg & Caulfield Associated Architects

Partner, Peters, Clayberg & Caulfield

MBT Architects, San Francisco, CA; Brown & Dallas, New York; Intertec Libya, Tripoli, Libya; Intertec Italia, Rome, Italy; Yorke, Rosenberg & Mardall, London, England 

Tom Caulfield is  one of the lucky people whose work is also his passion.  Designing the man made environment and relating it to the natural environment fascinates him.

As a principal in three architectural firms in his thirty four years of practice, Tom has worked with many different types of individuals and groups to help them define the buildings they need.  He listens to and learns from people and strives to express their stated and un-stated needs, wants, and aspirations by applying his knowledge of how to mold buildings and the built environment.  The resulting dialogue leads to effective design solutions that often surprise and delight both parties. 

Tom maintains long term relationships with clients.  One of the most enduring has been the Graduate Theological Union for whom he has been designing buildings, large and small for 24 years. 

He has been honored by his peers with design awards for several of his buildings.  The primary characteristic of these buildings is that they have solved the problem presented by the needs of the owner, the site, and ultimately the community at large with spaces and forms which people notice and remember.  An interesting characteristic of his award winning buildings is that each was the first of that type he had designed.  This ability  to delve into the subject and develop unique approaches to what he finds is probably the best definition of his design philosophy.

Tom's designs for multi-family housing strive to provide safe, comfortable shelter in ways which fit in with the community, allowing residents to live with the safety and dignity which is everyone’s right.

Renovation of historically significant buildings such as the Stewart Residence in San Francisco, the former First Unitarian Church on the campus at U.C. Berkeley  and three buildings at U.C.Davis has engendered an appreciation of the work of other good architects in other times, and brings the knowledge that there are many different and appropriate ways to approach any architectural question.  The task is to determine the right one for the people, time and place involved.

Design Awards
St. Mary’s Gardens,Oakland, California
AIA National Honor Award
AIA/Housing Magazine Honor Award
East Bay AIA, Honor Award
National Plywood Association First  Honor Award

Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Berkeley, California
FRAA Citation for Design
American Library Association/AIA Honor Award
East Bay AIA, Honor Award
San Francisco AIA Honor Award

Harrison Street Apartments, Berkeley, California
Architectural Record Award for Design
National Plywood Association Citation

Falk Residence, Berkeley, California
AIA, Bay Area Honor Award

Schelling Residence, Orinda, California
Remodeling Magazine Design Award

Stewart Residence, San Francisco, California
San Francisco AIA  Design Award

Peters House, Berkeley, California
San Francisco AIA Award of Honor

Union Street Apartments, San Francisco, California
Architectural Record Honor Award

Aulik Residence, AIA/Sunset Magazine Citation

Berkeley House, AIA/Sunset Magazine Award of Merit

Hubbard Residence, Architectural Record
Award of Excellence for House Design

Corral de Tierra, AIA/Sunset Magazine Award of Merit

Moore House, Progressive Architect Design Award