Sam Kebbell

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Senior Lecturer - Architecture School of Architecture


Teaching in 2019


BBSc, BArch (Hons), MDesS (Dist) Harvard, PhD RMIT, Registered Architect


In addition to lecturing in design studio, Sam is a director of KebbellDaish Architects. He graduated from VUW with a B.Arch (1st class hons) and an M.Des History and Theory (Distinction) from Harvard in 1999 before working in Europe and North America. He is a registered architect in New Zealand, he has won numerous awards for his work and presented to both academic and professional audiences in NZ and around the world. In 2015 Sam won an ADAPT-r Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, London, and he completed his PhD at RMIT in 2016.


Sam has developed a significant body of design led research through his built work. Sam’s research sits within a broader discourse about the identity and values of creative communities. In the context of globalized cultures and environmental crises, how communities define themselves through their aesthetic, environmental, and social decisions will be debated intensely this century. Creative communities will challenge prevailing value systems, define new identities, and need new architecture.

Full list of publications by Sam Kebbell.


Based in Wellington, KebbellDaish Architects was founded in 2002 by Sam Kebbell and former Associate Professor John Daish (retired 2009). John Daish was one of the founding academics of the School of Architecture at Victoria University and, through Sam’s ongoing commitment to the School, KebbellDaish has established itself as one of New Zealand’s most progressive practices. The practice explores the capacity of form to draw architecture into a broader discourse about the identity and values of particular creative communities: the creative communities of a business, institution, or neighbourhood.


Sam teaches design studio at both undergraduate and MArch (Prof) level. At all levels Sam is focused on developing design skills through both the manipulation of, and critical reflection on, architectural form. Sam is utterly committed to developing skills in students that are relevant to contemporary architectural practice, but he is equally committed to exposing students to architectural theory that is part of a general education in contemporary culture. Sam’s recent work with MArch (Prof) students is genuinely design led, where the development of a compelling design proposal is a vehicle for further understanding our discipline and cultural context.

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Teaching in 2019