Tim Kobe is recognised for transformative retail programs with great brands globally. Eight Inc. employs leading designers and strategists working across 8 offices including London, New York, San Francisco, Honolulu, Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. Eight Inc. has received international design awards and has been published in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Kobe has lectured at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco; San Francisco Academy of Art; and at IDSA Awards Presentation, 1997. He has lectured on behalf of the US State Department focused on sustainability and architecture in Bangkok and Los Angeles. He has lectured at the prestigious Picnic in Amsterdam, an annual design conference merging business and technology and continues speaking internationally on a variety of design subjects.
In 2005 Kobe became a trustee at Art Center College of Design and currently serving as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco California.
In 2006 Kobe received the top award for the professional competition “High Density on the High Ground.” sponsored by McGraw-Hill Companies’ Architectural Record magazine and Tulane University School of Architecture. Eight Inc. was selected to represent the United States at the Architecture Bienniale in Venice Italy and participated in a worldwide traveling exhibition on the project.