KebbellDaish was founded by Sam Kebbell and John Daish in Wellington, New Zealand. John retired in 2009 and Sam has directed the practice since. In addition to his work in practice, Sam is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. He grew up in suburban and rural New Zealand where modesty and pragmatism were held in high regard, but he has also worked in several of the great international cities and studied in some of the world’s most ambitious universities. He brings both his New Zealand roots and a deep knowledge of international discourse to each project, and revels in the dynamic between modest practicalities and far-reaching ideas.
Sam holds a PhD from RMIT University in Melbourne, and in 2015 was an ADAPTr Research Fellow at the University of Westminster in London. He graduated from VUW with a B.Arch (1st class Hons) in 1998 which included an exchange to the Penn State University visual arts program and the Penn State architecture program in Rome. He completed his Masters of Design in History and Theory (Distinction) at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard (Cambridge, USA) in 1999. Sam worked in Boston, New York, and Amsterdam before he returned to practice in Wellington. KebbellDaish has won numerous architectural awards and competitions and several of its projects have been exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe, and the work continues to be the subject of articles in popular, professional, and academic publications.
Sam and John worked closely together on all projects up to 2009, and KebbellDaish has always sought out great collaborations. Since 2013 Sam has worked with his former school of architecture classmates Alistair Crabb, Dan Popham, and their staff at ArchitectureLab to deliver projects with specialised technical and administrative expertise.