Ben Tuhoe Kenobi - BCT Programme Leader

Lecturer, Programme Leader


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Masters of Art and Design

Memberships and Affiliations:

NZ Game Developers Association


Ben’s research focus is 'play' with a background in design and architecture.

Ben graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and went on to complete a Masters of Art & Design in the area of computer game environment and narrative design with AUT University.

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 is currently working on a PhD project on imagination and play.

He has recently retired as a board member of the NZGDA (NZ Game Developers Association) and is an active member of the NZ commercial and indie game scene creating the annual game-jam Kiwijam and is organizing the monthly AKLgamedev Meetups and is co-director of the AUT Play, Interactivity and Games Lab (Pigsty).

Interested in all forms of artistic expression, I seek to further my craft in the gaming medium and use games as a platform for the exchange of ideas and meaningful experiences.

Teaching Areas:

  • Game Design and Production
  • Interactivity
  • Play 

Research Areas:

  • play
  • games