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Tim Kobe founded the globally recognized strategic design firm Eight Inc. in 1989. Today Eight Inc. has offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, and Beijing and is a leader in innovation and branded experience, working with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll, and Citibank.

Tim Kobe

Eight Inc.


Eight Inc. received the top award for the architectural competition “High Density on the High Ground” and was selected to represent the United States at the Architecture Bienniale in Venice, Italy.

A 1982 honors graduate in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design, Tim worked in Los Angeles for Herb Rosenthal and Associates, at the American Broadcasting Company during school, and in New York with Murray Gelberg and The Burdick Group in San Francisco. In 1987, he became a founding partner in West Office Design Associates, a firm focusing on museum and exhibition design that was responsible for the master planning of museums and science museum exhibitions in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

Eight Inc. works across many traditional disciplines: strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications, and branding. Many of the firm’s projects have received international design awards and have been published in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Tim has lectured extensively. He is also a trustee at Art Center College of Design and is currently serving as Chairman of its Academic Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco. He divides his time between California and Singapore.

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Session 1: Transformative Space. Tim Kobe, the founder of Eight Inc., has been instrumental in providing strategic game-changing concepts and environments for global clients from Apple to Virgin to Citibank. In his keynote address, he’ll will touch on what it takes to incite change in organizations, and how ideas are empowered through the application of active design and user augmentation.