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Robert Caulfield

Robert’s entrepreneurial flair provides clients with the opportunity to work with an architect who is able to identify unique commercial opportunities and produce designs that help them achieve profitable results.


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Robert Caulfield is an internationally renowned and award winning architect having designed significant buildings throughout Australia; the middle east, Asia and the United States.  He is the founder of and for 31 years the managing director of Archicentre Limited, Australia’s largest building advisory group.  He appears frequently on T.V. and radio and in the media discussing all aspects of buying, building and renovating buildings.  He is a past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, president of Kidsafe Victoria and an experienced company director.

Since graduating with honours in Design and Professional Practice from RMIT University, Robert’s career has been highlighted by many awards and achievements which reflect his dedication and commitment to the profession.

In 1977 he was awarded a research grant by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) for the study of possible methods of building procurement up to the year 2000.

A citation by the RAIA in 1978 gave Robert recognition for the proposed development of a range of architectural advisory services to help the general public.  This was to become Archicentre.  In 1978, Robert along with Ivo Krivanek also formed Caulfield & Krivanek Pty Ltd, architects, planners and interior designers.

In 1984 Robert was awarded another professional citation for the conception and implementation of a number of building and design services.

1986 saw Robert awarded the prestigious RAIA Sisalation research scholarship for international research into the prevention of building failures and maintenance problems.  This experience has subsequently been applied to many of Caulfield & Krivanek’s projects and to the development of Archicentre’s technical expertise.

In 1987, Robert was awarded the Victorian President’s Architecture Medal for outstanding services to architecture.

In 1990, he was elected National President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, the youngest president up until that time.

From 2000 onwards Robert has been involved with the design, documentations and construction of major residential and commercial projects in Australia, Dubai, China, Vietnam, Iran, Azerbaijan and Byelaruss.  However, he still has extensive involvement with all aspects of domestic residential construction.

Robert is an experienced company director and apart from corporate directorships has been involved at a senior level with many community organizations and is the founding and past president of Kidsafe Victoria, and is the current vice-president, and a former director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation.  He is also a director of Homesafe Pty. Ltd., a child home safety organization and a former director of Yachting Victoria.

In 2002 Robert was awarded a Centenary Medal by the federal government for services to architecture.

In his spare time Robert enjoys competitive sailing, golf, tennis and scuba diving.

Professional achievements

1974Graduated RMIT (Honours)
1977Winner RAIA Henderson Research Scholarship
1979Founder and director Architects Inspection Service (now Archicentre)
Founder Caulfield & Krivanek Pty Ltd, Architects (now CK Designworks)
1981Founder and director RAIA Victorian Archicentre Pty Ltd
1983Fellow – Society of Senior Executives
1986Winner ACI Sisalation Research Scholarship for international study of building pathology
1987Awarded RAIA Presidents medal for outstanding services to architecture
1988President – Nunawading Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees)
1990 -1991National President – Royal Australian Institute of Architects
1990 -1996Judge – Australian Gown of the Year
1991 – 2009Managing Director & CEO Archicentre (Aust) Pty Ltd
1992National Architecture Awards Jury Chairman
1994 -1997Chairman – Royal Australian Institute of Architects Membership Committee
1994 -1996Director and Treasurer – Victorian Child Accident Prevention Foundation (Kidsafe)
1997Director and Deputy Chairman – Victorian Child Accident Prevention Foundation (Kidsafe)
1997Chairman of Judges – Australian Gown of the Year
1997 – 2000Commodore – Albert Sailing Club
1998 – 2002Director and Chairman Kidsafe Victoria
1999Director – Yachting Victoria
2002Federal Government Centenary Medal for service to Architecture.
2002Director and Founding President – Kidsafe Vic Inc.
2002Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors
2003Director – Homesafe Kids Pty Ltd
2003Member – Property Council of Australia
2004Director – Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation
2005Director and Vice President – Kidsafe Vic Inc
2006 – 2010Director – Yarrbat Place Pty Ltd – retirement village
2010 – 2015Director – Donwood Community Aged Care Services
2011Director and Chairman CK Designworks China
2011Jury Chairman – China International Future Architect Award – Shenzhen – China
2012NMIT Bachelor of Built Environment (Architecture) – Inaugural Advisory Reference Group Member
2012Director and President – Kidsafe Victoria Inc
2013Bayside Built Environment Awards – Juror
2015 – 2016Director Archicentre Pty Ltd

Papers and Presentations

1978K A Henderson Thesis (RAIA) – “The Architect and the Promotional

Approach to Commercial Architecture”

1979 – CurrentTechnical articles on building problems for newspapers throughout Australia
1979 – 2009Archicentre training seminars – Australia wide
1979 – 2009Research, presentations and training seminars to architects on building faults in Australian Homes
1981 – 2009Public Home Buying Seminars
1985 – 2000The Practice and Business of Architecture – RAIA Seminar speaker
1985“Marketing Architecture” seminars – Palmerston North,

New Zealand – presenter

1986“Marketing Architecture” seminars – Melbourne, Sydney,

Adelaide, Brisbane – presenter

1987RAIA Thesis – “The Pathology of Building”
1987“Finding Work and Keeping Out of Trouble” – a series of seminars in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland, Wellington,

Christchurch – presenter

1988“Negotiating Skills” a series of seminars in Melbourne, Adelaide & Sydney – presenter
1988“Establishing and Running A Small Business – Jaycees World Congress – Sydney – presenter
1989“Building Failures, Facts and Fixes” – seminar for the American  Institute of Architects – Houston, USA – presenter
1990“Finding Work and Keeping out of Trouble” – seminars Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin – presenter
1991“Surviving the Recession” – a series of seminars for architects and builders – Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin – presenter
1991“Building Failures, Facts and Fixes” – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Auckland – presenter
1992Management Strategies for Professional Practices – Melbourne –   presenter
1993Management Strategies for Professional Practices – Sydney – presenter
1994“Professional Networking” a series of marketing and motivation seminars – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide – presenter
1994“Advanced Negotiating Skills” – Travelodge Melbourne – presenter
1995“Building Faults – Their Effect on House Valuation” Guest Speaker

Australian Institute of Valuers and Land Economists- presenter

1996“Investing in Property” – seminar – speaker
1997“Investing in Property” – seminar
1997Australian Institute of Building Surveyors National Convention – presenter

NSW Country Architects Convention – Jenolan Caves – chairman and presenter – “Marketing Architecture”

National Housing Conference – presenter “Home Safety”

2000“How Successful Architects Make Money”.  A series of seminars for Architects.  Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Hobart, Launceston, Auckland.
2001New South Wales Country Architects Convention (Ballina) – chairman and presenter “Architecture on Mars”.
2001National Housing Conference – Adelaide.  Chairman and presenter.
2001“Living Safer, Healthier and Happier – a housing profile of Victoria’s older population” – A research paper based on findings from Archicentre’s Home Services Program.

“Quality of Owner Built Buildings”.  A research paper prepared in conjunction with Deakin University.

“Australian’s Residential Building Faults.  A View From The State of Victoria” a research paper prepared in conjunction with Deakin University and featured in The Building and Environment International Journal.

“National Town Planning Survey” A survey of architects and research report prepared by Archicentre and presented to state and federal governments and the media.

2003“Inquiry on First Home Ownership”.  A research paper prepared by Archicentre and the RAIA at the request of the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission.
2003“How Successful Architects Make Money”.  A series of continuing education seminars commissioned by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier.
2005“Making Homes Safe as Houses” an updated profile of Victoria’s older population.  A research paper based on findings from Archicentre’s Home Services Program.
2006 – 2009Archicentre Cost Guide.

Review of Australian building costs – updated quarterly

2008“Safe & Sound” A housing profile of Victoria’s older population
2010“Growing Cities – A Vegi-tecture Approach” Read More 
2011The Retirement Industry in China – Asia Property Investment Conference – Shanghai – China
2012“Sustainable Cities of the Future” Victorian Government Trade Mission – Chengdu – China
2013Cost Guide, Renovation Guide, Child Safety Guide – Homesafe Group Read More
2013Australian 60 Minutes TV Cities of China Watch It Now
2015“2015  China’s productive Cities; Reality or Myth” – Cities of the Future Symposium Adelaide
2016“Can Australian Professions Prosper in the Emerging Global Economy?” – Delta Sigma delta Society- Melbourne

Professional Awards


1978RAIA Urban and Community Design Award
1984RAIA Merit Award for Outstanding Architecture
1984Finalist – Jaycees Five Outstanding Young Australians Award
1984Nominated BHP pursuit of Excellence Award
1987RAIA Presidents Award
1987Melbourne Art Directors Club Award
1989Runner-up RAIA Institutional Buildings Award
1991Commendation – Industrial Supplies Office (Vic)
Australian Business Award
1991Winner MBA Innovative use of timber in design award
1991Runner-up HIA Home of the Year (over $300,000 category)
1991Runner-up HIA Medium Density Housing Award
1992Winner James Hardie National Design Award
1992Life Fellowship, Royal Australian Institute of Architects
1995Victorian Government Fair Trading Award (Archicentre)
1998Victorian Yachting Council – Media Award
1998Victorian Yachting Council – Commodore of Outstanding Yacht Club of the year
2003Federal Government Centenary Medal for Services to Architecture
2010Winner – UDIA Award – Special Purpose Living – Yarrbat Place
2016Victorian Government Award for services to Child Safety

RAIA/AIA Involvement

1968 – 1970Student member RAIA (Vic) Membership Committee
1970 – 1973Convenor – RAIA (Vic) Activities Committee
1973 – 1978Member RAIA Membership Committee
1979 – 1986Councillor – RAIA (Vic)
1979 – 1985Member RAIA (Vic) Information Committee
1982 – 1986Vice President RAIA (Vic)
1984 – 1990RAIA National Information Committee
1986 – 1993RAIA National Councillor
1989National Vice President RAIA
1989Chairman RAIA (NSW chapter) Finance Management Committee
1990 – 1991National President RAIA
1992Chairman RAIA National Awards Jury
1994 – 1996Chairman RAIA (Vic) Membership Committee
1997Deputy Chairman RAIA (Vic) Membership Committee & Various RAIA Committees
2003Member RAIA 2004 Year of The Built Environment Committee
2010-2012Australian Institute of Architects National Councillor
2015 – 2016Director Archicentre Pty Ltd