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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., 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 Belarus.  During this time, he still had 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. He has acted as President of Kidsafe Vic Inc, and was the Founding President of Kidsafe Victoria. He is a former director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation. He has acted as a director of Homesafe Pty. Ltd., and is 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.

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Professional achievements

1974 Graduated RMIT (Honours)
1977 Winner RAIA K.A. Henderson Research Scholarship
1979 Founder and director Architects Inspection Service (formerly Archicentre) Founder Caulfield & Krivanek Pty Ltd, Architects (now CK Designworks)
1981 Founder and director RAIA Victorian Archicentre Pty Ltd
1983 Fellow - Society of Senior Executives
1986 Winner ACI Sisalation Research Scholarship for international study of building pathology
1987 Awarded RAIA Presidents medal for outstanding services to architecture
1988 President - Nunawading Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees)
1990 -1991 National President - Royal Australian Institute of Architects
1990 -1996 Judge - Australian Gown of the Year
1991 - 2009 Managing Director & CEO Archicentre (Aust) Pty Ltd
1992 National Architecture Awards Jury Chairman
1994 -1997 Chairman - Royal Australian Institute of Architects Membership Committee
1994 -1996 Director and Treasurer - Victorian Child Accident Prevention Foundation (Kidsafe)
1997 Director and Deputy Chairman - Victorian Child Accident Prevention Foundation (Kidsafe)
1997 Chairman of Judges - Australian Gown of the Year
1997 - 2000 Commodore - Albert Sailing Club
1998 - 2002 Director and Chairman Kidsafe Victoria
1999 Director - Yachting Victoria
2002 Federal Government Centenary Medal for service to Architecture.
2002 Director and Founding President - Kidsafe Vic Inc.
2002 Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
2003 Director - Homesafe Kids Pty Ltd
2003 Member - Property Council of Australia
2004 Director - Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation
2005 Director and Vice President - Kidsafe Vic Inc
2006 - 2010 Director - Yarrbat Place Pty Ltd - retirement village
2010 - 2015 Director - Donwood Community Aged Care Services
2011 Director and Chairman CK Designworks China
2011 Jury Chairman - China International Future Architect Award - Shenzhen - China
2012 NMIT Bachelor of Built Environment (Architecture) - Inaugural Advisory Reference Group Member
2012 Director and President - Kidsafe Victoria Inc
2013 Bayside Built Environment Awards - Juror
2015 - 2016 Director Archicentre Pty Ltd
2017 Director of Council on the Aging (COTA)
2018 Co-Founder & Chairman of Architects Group Australia 
2018-2020 Director of Donwood Community Aged Care Services
2021 Councillor Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter
2023 Coucillor Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapeter
2023 President of Council on the Aging (COTA)

Papers and Presentations

1978 K A Henderson Thesis (RAIA) - “The Architect and the Promotional Approach to Commercial Architecture”
1979 - Current Technical articles on building problems for newspapers throughout Australia
1979 - 2009 Archicentre training seminars - Australia wide
1979 - 2009 Research, presentations and training seminars to architects on building faults in Australian Homes
1981 - 2009 Public Home Buying Seminars
1985 - 2000 The 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
1987 RAIA 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
1992 Management Strategies for Professional Practices - Melbourne -   presenter
1993 Management 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
1997 “Investing in Property” Seminar
1997 Australian 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.
2001 New South Wales Country Architects Convention (Ballina) – chairman and presenter “Architecture on Mars”.
2001 National Housing Conference – Adelaide.  Chairman and presenter.

“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 - 2009 Archicentre 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
2011 The Retirement Industry in China - Asia Property Investment Conference – Shanghai – China
2012 “Sustainable Cities of the Future” Victorian Government Trade Mission – Chengdu – China
2013 Cost Guide, Renovation Guide, Child Safety Guide - Homesafe Group
2013 Australian 60 Minutes TV Cities of China
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
2017 "A facelift for older facilities", Australian Aging Agenda Magazine
2018 "Look to NDIS for new income sources" Australian Aging Agenda Magazine
2018 Melbourne Skyloop Video
2020 "How to secure overseas commissions" - Architecture Au.
2020 "How to survive a recession" - Architecture Au
2021 "How to be and expert witness" - Host AIA Webinar
2021 "Reinventing Retirement" - COTA Victoria

Professional Awards

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

Winner - UDIA Award - Special Purpose Living - Yarrbat Place 

2016 Victorian Government Premier's Award for services to Child Safety

RAIA/AIA Involvement

1968 - 1970 Student member RAIA (Vic) Membership Committee
1970 - 1973 Convenor - RAIA (Vic) Activities Committee
1973 - 1978 Member RAIA Membership Committee
1979 - 1986 Councillor - RAIA (Vic)
1979 - 1985 Member RAIA (Vic) Information Committee
1982 - 1986 Vice President RAIA (Vic)
1984 - 1990 RAIA National Information Committee Member
1986 - 1993 RAIA National Councillor
1989 National Vice President RAIA
1989 Chairman RAIA (NSW chapter) Finance Management Committee
1990 - 1991 National President RAIA
1992 Chairman RAIA National Awards Jury
1994 - 1996 Chairman RAIA (Vic) Membership Committee
1997 Deputy Chairman RAIA (Vic) Membership Committee & Various RAIA Committees
2003 Member RAIA 2004 Year of The Built Environment Committee
2010-2012 Australian Institute of Architects National Councillor
2015 - 2016 Director Archicentre Pty Ltd
2021 Councillor - Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter