Tim Kobe graduated in Environmental Design with honours in 1982 from Art Center College of Design. He worked in Los Angeles for Herb Rosenthal and Associates, at the American Broadcasting Company and in New York with Murray Gelberg and The Burdick Group in San Francisco. In 1987, Kobe 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 for several science museum exhibitions in the US and the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Tim founded the globally recognised strategic design firm Eight Inc. in 1989. Today, Eight Inc. has offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Dubai and across China, and is a leader in innovation and brand experience, working with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank. Eight Inc. works across many traditional disciplines: strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications and branding. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published in Asia, Europe, and the United States. In 2006, Eight Inc. was selected to represent the United States at the Architecture Bienniale in Venice, Italy. It has also received the Architectural Record Honor award for its design, “High Density on the High Ground”, in a competition to create residential solutions for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Besides running his practice, Tim has lectured at the Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the San Francisco Academy of Art and on behalf of the US State Department regarding sustainability and architecture in Bangkok and Los Angeles. He was guest lecturer at the prestigious annual Picnic in Amsterdam and at the annual Microsoft Symposium in New York and the Northern Lights Congress in Helsinki Finland.
Tim is also a trustee at Art Center College of Design and currently serves as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco California and divides his time between California and Singapore.