Geoffrey was born in Sunderland, England in 1948, and graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1977.
For three years Geoffrey worked on the design of the famous HSBC HQ building in Hong Kong for Foster + Partners. When he and his family returned to Norway in 1987, Geoffrey revitalised his architectural practice Calvert and Clark in Oslo, taking part in designing the new Oslo Airport. In 2000 Geoffrey became a partner at Nordic and has since played a key role in the office's airport projects in Norway, Sweden, India and Oman.
Geoffrey exhibited an exceptional talent for creating good architecture through the integration of form, space and engineering. He became a much sought-after international expert within the planning of logistics, security and baggage systems at airports, which in turn has enhanced the professional expertise at Nordic.
Geoffrey was as Norwegian as anyone, but he also remained an English gentleman. It was not by chance that he was often called Sir Geoffrey. He had a friendly nature and a generously inclusive attitude, coupled with a strong academic excellence that resulted in many new clients and friends all over the world. He always created a good atmosphere through his sense of humour and his resounding laughter, which now sadly has subsided forever. He will be deeply missed by his friends and colleagues.
What originally brought Geoffrey to Norway was love. He met his beloved Solveig on a school excursion to Norway at a very young age. They were married for 41 years and had two children and a grandchild together. Our thoughts and condolences go to his beloved family.
29. mai 2016
John Arne Bjerknes
Henriette Habberstad Sterud