KebbellDaish specialises in architecture for creative folk. The people that always knew they were slightly different to the rest. The ones that became artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, academics, collectors or self-described cultural junkies of one sort or another. We’ve worked for some of the best in their game – from advertising agencies and web developers to painters, dress makers, and art galleries.
KebbellDaish is led by Sam Kebbell, who is also a co-founder of Humbugaa, an online art & architecture gallery that runs pop-up exhibitions in the city. If you’ve read this far, you might want to take a look. Sam is also a part-time academic at the Wellington School of Architecture where he co-directs a research group on Creative Towns & Cities that produces design-based thought experiments on the city.
Sam’s work across these three areas of exhibitions, research, and practice are all linked by a mad enthusiasm for making the world a much richer place. Not just a place with abundant resources, though that does sound good, but a rich environment with an abundance of fertile ideas and creative activity.
Sam did his undergraduate degree in architecture in Wellington, which included an exchange to the Penn State University visual arts program and the Penn State architecture and urbanism program in Rome. He did his Masters of Design in History and Theory (Distinction) at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard (Cambridge, USA) in 1999, after which he worked in Boston, New York, and Amsterdam before returning to start KebbellDaish with John Daish in Wellington on April Fool’s Day in 2002. John retired in 2009 and Sam has directed the practice since then. In 2015, Sam was an ADAPTr Research Fellow at the University of Westminster in London and he finished his PhD in Creative Practice at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2017.