As a Principal with over a decade of experience in the industry, Geoff is a leader in the engineering design of complex buildings. Since joining Forell/Elsesser in 2003, he has worked on educational, institutional, performing arts, laboratory, and historic renovation projects. He recently served as Project Manager on the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of an existing art deco style former printing plant into the UC Berkeley Museum of Art & Pacific Film Archive. Emphasizing customized solutions, Geoff plays a hands-on role in design-focused projects, taking challenging architectural visions and transforming them into elegant, buildable solutions, while always keeping a project’s specific needs in mind.
Using cutting edge performance based design methodologies, Geoff has made architectural visions a reality with new structural systems and complex architectural geometries. Research and development of new ideas is critical to the forward thinking approach that Forell/Elsesser provides. With this in mind, Geoff was part of a collaborative team with the NSF and EERI to better understand the structural response of high performance structures in the 2011 Japanese Earthquake. He also works with local university researchers to explore new composite connections for steel structures and evaluate damage from earthquakes. Geoff is a California licensed Structural Engineer, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a Master’s degree from Stanford University.
- Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), Seismology Committee, Past State Chair
- Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
- San Francisco Planning Urban Research (SPUR)
- Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)