He graduated from Bat-Yam Institute of Art, Sculpture Department. Since 1975 he is professor of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.
Yaacov Kaufman is particularly active in the fields of home, office, community furniture, lighting, motion structures and their applications.
His clients are Italian and other European manufacturers, such as Lumina Italia, Tecno, Arflex, Porro, Luxo oder serien.lighting.
Yaacov Kaufman has won several international design prizes and owns a number of patents covering design oriented technologies, ergonomic seats and others. From 1980 to 1997 Kaufman organized many personal exhibitions in Israel and in the United States.