Philosophy & Approach

Based in Jupiter, Florida, KIRCHHOFF & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS (K&AA) specialize in timeless designs for residences that blend historical precedence with modern living.

Established by Thomas Kirchhoff in 1994, K&AA has developed an extensive portfolio of singular homes in southeastern Florida, primarily in the Town of Palm Beach, Lost Tree Village, and Jupiter Island. In addition, K&AA is committed to the preservation and enhancement of Florida’s rich architectural heritage and has restored and renovated historic structures designed by a roster of Palm Beach’s early architects that include Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, Howard Major, John Volk, and Marion Sims Wyeth.

Rooted in classical design principles, K&AA is proficient in Georgian, Mediterranean, Bermudian, French Regency, and contemporary styles, and has earned wide recognition for tailored, detailed, and well balanced designs. “Our guiding philosophy,” says Kirchhoff “is that a home is for the enjoyment of life. A home must be beautiful, practical, and fit harmoniously into its environment. It should uniquely express the personality and taste of the client, while gracefully accommodating their lifestyle. Our goal is to surpass our clients’ every expectation in both creativity and service.”

Thomas M. Kirchhoff, AIA, NCARB

Thomas Kirchhoff is principal of Kirchhoff & Associates Architects (K&AA). Raised in Philadelphia, Tom graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1981. He established his firm in 1994, envisioning a practice that would take a truly collaborative approach to design. Under his direction each team member contributes to the overall evolution and success of each project.

His career has focused on custom residential design for more than 30 years. Recognized for creativity in a variety of styles, whether traditional or contemporary, he is best known for a strong command of classical design principles. Tom has earned numerous awards for original designs as well as historic restorations. Although his work has been featured in leading national publications and books, Tom’s greatest reward comes from client satisfaction. The firm’s growth and reputation is based primarily on word of mouth and client referrals.

Tom is a licensed architect in Florida and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Recent travels have included architectural tours of Cuba, Australia, Bermuda, Scotland, France, and Italy.

Tom currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters.

Carlos Bruderer, Associate

Carlos earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Master in Architecture from Rice University. A licensed architect, he joined the firm in 2005 as a project manager and leads our team in all aspects of projects from the construction documents phase through completion.

Betsy Rossin, Associate

Betsy graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Architecture and is a licensed architect. Betsy joined in 1998 and holds responsibility for schematic design, concept development, zoning analysis and the preparation of submissions to such governing bodies as ARCOM and the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission.


Our talented architects and professionals maintain an appreciation for the design, restoration and preservation of custom high-end homes throughout Palm Beach and Jupiter Island. K&AA maintains an open, collaborative studio environment, with opportunities to work closely with the Principal, and engage in all phases of design, construction documents and project management. Those interested in joining our team are encouraged to submit a resume and work samples to to