Richard E Kaufman
His interest in architecture began at a very young age while growing up in the Bay Area. “My Grandmother worked at the Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park. I grew up exploring the gardens and learning about new directions in design.” His Mother was an artist with a keen interest in historic buildings, & authored a bi-weekly column with accompanying original sketches titled “Our County Heritage” for the San Jose Mercury News. “I would sit in the interviews, watch her sketch the buildings and tour the buildings. I developed a sense of how & why buildings look the way they do.”
While attending ASU, he learned the importance of respecting the site. “In a harsh desert climate, you choose to integrate or ignore the site’s attributes with respect to the plan. Your decision immediately determines the success or failure of a project.” After graduating with honors, Richard moved to Orange County, California where he worked for William Pereira designing commercial, residential and institutional projects. He relocated to San Diego to serve as an in-house architect for a large bank corporation, designing facilities throughout California.
In 1993 Richard established Richard E. Kaufman Architecture & Planning in Carlsbad.
“I worked on several custom residential projects during that time, and would experiment with different forms and concepts. These I would carry into my commercial and institutional work.”
He met acclaimed architect Peter Comstock and set up a partnership in 2004.
Today He and Mr. Harcourt have joined forces offering more than 60 years of experience and design elegance for any design commission they are fortunate enough to receive. Working together has brought a design philosophy of both past (historical influences) and prophecy (modernism with new technologies) working within the constraints of site, needs, time, and costs which work together in concert for a truly artistic adventure from modern to classic, we call architecture.