J. Caulfield, AIA
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
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
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.
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
Hewlett Library, Berkeley, California
Street Apartments, Berkeley, California
Residence, Berkeley, California
Residence, Orinda, California
San Francisco, California
Street Apartments, San
Aulik Residence, AIA/Sunset Magazine Citation
Berkeley House, AIA/Sunset Magazine Award of Merit
Residence, Architectural Record
Corral de Tierra, AIA/Sunset Magazine Award of Merit
Moore House, Progressive Architect Design Award