Ben Kenobi – Creative Technologies

Ben Kenobi – Creative Technologies
Ben Kenobi – Creative Technologies
Ben Kenobi has a background in architecture and game design, and teaches in the Bachelor and Masters of Creative Technologies programmes at Colab and the Game and Play Design Minors in Art and Design.


Ben graduated from Auckland School of Architecture (BAS) in 2001. He has created, developed and taught on computer game, architecture, drawing, digital and spatial design courses at Unitec, AUT and The University of Auckland.

After completing a Masters in Art and Design in the area of game environment design and story implementation he worked for 2 years as a game designer at Gameloft Auckland and currently teaches Play and Game Design at AUT University’s School of Art and Design and Bachelor of Creative Technologies.

He is the current director of the PIGsty: Play and Games Lab at AUT.

He is currently also a board member of the NZGDA (NZ Game Developers Association) and is an active member of the NZ commercial and indie game scene.

An enthusiastic and critical analyst of games, Ben seeks to build upon current media conventions and broaden the landscape of gaming in both AUT and NZ.

Research Interests:

  • Aesthetics of interactivity
  • Play
  • Game narratives
  • Community

Current teaching areas:

  • Game Design and Production
  • Interactivity
  • Play