Grew up in Kansas City, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He became an Illinois licensed interior designer in 1989. After working as Senior Designer/Project Manager with the late designer Paul Granata at his interior design firm in Chicago, Kaufman started his own firm in 1990. He and business partner Tom Segal started their eponymous firm specializing in residential design in 1995. Kaufman has volunteered at the Heartland Alliance Designs for Dignity, Hearts Foundation, Aids Cure, and Open Hand Chicago. He especially loves to create a look that’s eclectic and brings everything together, as opposed to a period-type interior with a single focus.