Matthew Bannister founded DBOX immediately upon completing his graduate studies in architecture in 1996. His vision was, and remains, a unique multi-disciplinary design and communications agency that produces intelligent creative solutions across multiple platforms and mediums for clients in property development, architecture, and the arts. Matthew has consistently focused on building and nurturing a team whose talents include creative direction, branding, design, photography, film, and digital experiences. In addition to his operational responsibilities, which entail frequent travel between DBOX’s studios in London, New York, and Miami, Matthew is a hands-on creative director. He leads internal design reviews, directs films, and shoots many of DBOX’s lifestyle campaigns.
In 2006, Matthew was named one of ‘The World's Top Creatives Under 40’ by Wallpaper* magazine, and was named ‘Avant Guardian’ for emerging fashion photography by Surface Magazine. In 2015, he was named one of ‘The 20 Biggest Power Players In New York City Real Estate’ by the New York Post. Under his leadership, DBOX has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Emmy® Award, the World Luxury Award, the Golden Award of Montreux, the Type Directors Club Award of Excellence, the NAHB Nationals, and the American Design Awards.
Matthew studied fine art at the Parsons School of Design, he earned a Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University, and earned a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University. He has taught visual communications at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and at The Graduate School of Architecture at Princeton University. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the School of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University.
Keith Bomely leads creative direction and execution for many of DBOX’s projects. He also has executive responsibilities including business strategy, new business development, portfolio management, employee management, and quality control. In addition to branding, film, CGI, and print collateral, Keith has extensive expertise in the design and execution of complex sales gallery environments. His work on 432 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan included co-directing the development of a film, the sales gallery, and two custom magazines. Keith led creative on DBOX’s Emmy® Award-winning documentary 'Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero'.
Prior to joining DBOX’s New York studio in 1998, Keith was a Senior Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York. His creative work has been recognized with awards from the Type Directors Club and World Luxury Award, and has been featured in international publications and exhibitions. He was named by New York Magazine as one of the 'Influentials' in New York real estate along with architects Richard Meier, Santiago Calatrava, and Robert A. M. Stern, and hotelier André Balazs. Keith earned a Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.
Jonathan Doyle leads all financial, contractual, and operational aspects of DBOX’s business from the agency’s New York studio. He first joined DBOX in 1997 as a 3D-modeling intern not long after earning a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Since then, he has taken a significant role in DBOX’s evolution from an agency primarily focused on architectural illustration into a full-service marketing and branding agency with a global footprint.
Johnny Petley is a creative director and brand strategist with over 20 years' experience developing award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns for high-profile projects around the world. Since joining DBOX in 2006 to lead the graphic design department, his role has expanded significantly and he has played an integral role in DBOX’s evolution into a full-service agency. In addition to leading strategy, conceptualization, execution, and account management for existing client projects, Johnny participates in new business development and new business pitches. Projects he has led have been recognized with awards, including the American Design Awards for Real Estate Advertising (1st place, 2006); the American Design Awards for Real Estate Web Design (2nd place, 2006); World Luxury Award for Real Estate & Property Luxury Communication (2007); Type Directors Club Award of Excellence in Typography (2008); NAHB Nationals Best Brochure (2009); and NAHB Nationals Best Marketing Campaign (2009).
Prior to joining DBOX’s New York studio, Johnny ran Feeder Associates, a Sydney, Australia-based graphic design studio that he founded. During that time, Johnny was a judge for the Australian Award (1999), Feeder won three major awards in the Australian Advertising Print Award Show (2000) and it won the Sydney Festival 2005 – 2007 Design Pitch. Johnny studied fine arts, architecture, jewelry design, and fashion design at university level.
Mark Gleghorn leads DBOX London with responsibility for helping guide the business, projects and staff. Recent high-profile projects include Twenty Grosvenor Square, developed by Finchatton, and South Quay Plaza, developed by Berkeley Group and designed by Foster + Partners. His creative work has been recognized with awards from the Type Directors Club and the World Luxury Award, and has been featured in various international publications and exhibitions. Prior to joining DBOX New York in 2004, he worked for several architectural practices in London. Mark earned a BA in Design from the University of Leeds.
Mark Bannister is the director of photography for DBOX and head of business operations for the agency’s London studio. From his UK base, Mark has undertaken photographic assignments around the world, including in Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kyiv, Mexico City, Moscow, Panama, Paris, Seoul, and Turkey. In addition to photography, Mark’s work also includes oversight of architectural visualizations, arts projects, and advertising campaigns, including Adidas’ campaigns featuring David Beckham. Prior to joining DBOX, Mark co-founded Eminent Management, through which he managed the agency’s interests in Europe. Mark holds a BA in English Literature and Art from Christ Church College, Canterbury.
Patrick Cramsie is the creative director of DBOX’s London studio with responsibility for projects in Europe and Asia. His recent work includes award-winning marketing campaigns for two residential properties in London: South Quay Plaza (World Luxury Award Gold Medal for Branding and Visual Identity, 2015) and The Buckingham (Golden Award of Montreaux Finalist for Best Use of Print Media, 2015 and World Luxury Award Gold Medal for Branding and Visual Identity, 2015). In addition, the campaign he created for Caye Sereno in Vietnam was recognized with the World Luxury Award for Branding and Visual Identity (2013).
Prior to joining DBOX in 2011, Patrick worked for the Anglo-Japanese firm Kono Design, where he developed corporate identities and publication designs for the Arts Council of England, the Barbican Art Gallery, The Economist, Montblanc, and WHSmith, among others. Patrick has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, and Design Observer, has lectured at Delft University in The Netherlands and The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, and has appeared on BBC TV and radio. He is the author of 'The Story of Graphic Design', a comprehensive, illustrated history of graphic design that was shortlisted for the UK’s Longman-History Today Prize and was nominated as one of ‘The Top 10 Graphic Design Events of 2010’ by Print magazine. Patrick earned a BA in Graphic Design from Middlesex University.
Christa Hamilton is a creative director and co-director of the CGI team in DBOX’s New York studio. She is involved in the development of branding and marketing concepts and execution of marketing materials, with particular responsibility for CGI, photography, and animation. Projects Christa has worked on include One Hundred East Fifty Third Street by Foster + Partners, the World Trade Center Retail and Transportation Hub, The Ritz Carlton Residences Miami, and West Kowloon Cultural District by Foster + Partners.
Christa earned a Bachelor of Science in Design (Architecture) from the University of Nebraska, College of Architecture in 2001, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2004. Following completion of her Masters Degree, Christa joined DBOX. In addition to project work, she co-teaches DBOX's Visual Representation course at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
Leah White is a creative director in DBOX’s New York studio. High-profile projects she has worked on include 432 Park Avenue, One Hundred East Fifty Third by Foster + Partners, 160 Leroy by Ian Schrager, and New York by Gehry in New York, LUMINA in San Francisco, and Wardman Tower in Washington, D.C. Leah earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University; her areas of expertise include illustration, architectural design, detailing and representation.
Prior to joining DBOX’s New York studio in 2006, she held various positions in the design field, including in restaurant design, production design for television and film, and furniture and lighting design and construction. During this time, she was a staff designer for the Discovery Channel series 'Garage Takeover' with responsibility for art direction, visualization, lighting, and furniture design. From 2003 – 2005, she was an adjunct professor of architectural design at The Catholic University of America, and since 2011, she has co-taught DBOX's Visual Representation course at Cornell's Architecture, Art and Planning campus in New York City. Outside of work, Leah is a frequent visiting critic for design reviews at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design.
Lidia Stout is responsible for direction of all pre-production and production planning related to execution of marketing collateral for DBOX New York projects. She works directly with the creative team to ensure that results meet the highest quality standards and adhere to the client’s timeline and budget. Lidia supervises all phases of production, from initial scheduling, estimating, and purchase of prepress materials, to prepress, printing/fabrication, delivery, and financial follow-through. Prior to joining DBOX’s New York studio, Lidia was Director of Global Advertising Services for The Estée Lauder Companies. She has over 18 years of experience in creative services management. Lidia earned a BFA from the Art Center College of Design.
Brian Lindvall is a director in DBOX’s New York studio. He leads brand strategy for commercial and residential marketing campaigns, as well as repositioning and branding for architectural and development projects. Since joining DBOX in 2007 he has directed accounts for Bay Park Centre, Brooklyn Trust, 50 West, 388 Bridge, the Penthouses at 277 Park Avenue, the Continental, 7 Bryant Park, 510 West 22nd Street, 837 Washington, and the rebranding of the architectural firm COOKFOX, among others. Brian graduated from Princeton University in 2006 (School of Architecture, cum laude), where his thesis was recognized with the Robert B. Newman Award for Merit in Architectural Acoustics.
Christiaan Klaassen directs the CGI team in DBOX’s London studio. Since joining DBOX in 2010, he has overseen CGI for internationally recognized projects including Foster + Partners’ winning competition entry for 425 Park Avenue, The Buckingham by Brockton Capital, and South Quay Plaza by Berkeley Group. In 2014, Christiaan was a guest speaker at AD5, a conference hosted by State of Art Academy, an architectural visualization school in Italy. In 2013, he was part of the team that collaborated with 125 Magazine, a London-based publication for work and ideas by photographers, illustrators and artists from around the world, for a fashion shoot on a computer-generated set created by DBOX. Christiaan earned a BA (Hons) in 3D Digital Design from the University of Greenwich.
Gabor Cseh is an art director on DBOX’s CGI team in New York. He is involved in all aspects of the development of marketing films for DBOX’s clients, from concepting / storyboarding, photography, and filming, to compositing and post-production. Projects Gabor has art directed include the Emmy® Award-winning documentary 'Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero', for which he managed the creation of all CGI sequences. Gabor earned a MA in Industrial Design from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Phil Traviss directs the CGI team in DBOX’s New York studio, in which role he is responsible for CGI project scheduling and staffing as well as leading branding work and photography for CGI projects. To ensure smooth and efficient operations agency-wide, Phil is in frequent contact with DBOX’s CGI teams in London and Miami. Projects he has worked on include Emmy Award-winning documentary 'Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero'.
Prior to joining DBOX in 2007, Phil was Production Manager at Designhive’s London studio and he was involved in the development of imagery for the winning bids for the London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Phil earned a BA in Communication Design from the University of Portsmouth.
Grant Powell is a digital expert with a unique ability to combine creativity, technology and business savvy to develop innovative approaches to new world demands. As an employee at Google, Grant was a founding team member of the internal agency now known as The Zoo. And as an agency operator, Grant has innovated for some of the most notable brands in the world including Spotify, Porsche, American Express and Dow Jones & Company to build engaging digital experiences. Grant gained notoriety in partnering with YouTube to produce their first online live concert, and in partnering with Spotify to build the first website application to integrate with and leverage Spotify’s data API. Over the past 12 years, Grant has produced over 2,500 brand concepts as well as over 300 websites and applications, and dozens of large-scale advertising programs for Fortune 500 companies and startups.
Kevin Murtagh is the Business Development Director for DBOX London. His role includes representing the agency at conferences, fostering relationships, public relations, pitching accounts, and negotiating new contracts. Before joining DBOX, Kevin worked as a lecturer in English at Bari University in Italy and in the English and Philosophy departments at various international schools. He is a graduate in Radio, Film & Television from the University of Kent.