Background and activities

Geir K Hansen is professor in Architectural and Facilities Management at the Department of Architectural Design and Management, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU. He is also leader of two master programs in Real Estate and Facilities Management at NTNU. He graduated as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture at the Norwegian Technical University, 1987.

His main field of research is programming, evaluation of processes and buildings, and usability of buildings related to an user and organizational perspective where theory, methods and tools are developed through several projects and case studies. Hansen has previously worked with topics like adaptability and flexibility, new use and transformation of existing buildings and run several architectural design courses on this.

Hansen has been an active member of CiB work group W96 Architectural Management, CiB W70 Facilities Management and will from June 2013 be chair of CiBW111 Usability of Buildings. He has been scientific member of the steering committee for Center for Facilities Management at Denmark Technical University from 2009 - 2013.

He has published a number of scientific papers and articles on usability, adaptability, flexibility in projects and processes and been reviewer for several papers and articles.




Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Krogstad, Atle; Hansen, Geir Karsten; Høyland, Karin; Moser, Thomas. (2012) Rom for barnehage : flerfaglige perspektiver på barnehagens fysiske miljø. Fagbokforlaget. 2012. ISBN 978-82-450-1126-5.
  • Hansen, Geir Karsten; Blakstad, Siri Hunnes; Knudsen, Wibeke. (2011) USEtool. Evaluating Usability. Methods Handbook. 2011. ISBN 978-82-7551-071-4.
  • Hansen, Geir Karsten; Blakstad, Siri Hunnes; knudsen, Wibeke. (2010) USEtool. Evaluering av brukskvalitet. Metodehåndsbok. 2010. ISBN 978-82-536-1131-0.

Part of book/report

  • Fronczek-Munter, Aneta; van der Zwart, Johan; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2017) How to evaluate Healthcare Buildings? Selction of Methods for evaluating Hospital Architectural Quality and Usability - a case at St. Olavs Hospital in Norway. ARCH17. 3rd International Conference on Architecture, Research, Care and Health. Conference Proceedings.
  • Geraedts, Rob; Olsson, Nils; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2017) Adaptability. Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate Management as Value Drivers How to manage and measure adding value.
  • Knotten, Vegard; Svalestuen, Fredrik; Lædre, Ola; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2017) Learning Across Disciplines - Use of the Constant Comparative Method. Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization.
  • Koch, Christian; Hansen, Geir Karsten; Jacobsen, Kim. (2017) Yet Another Trojan Horse? Is Facility Management Ready for Digitalisation?. International Research Conference 2017; Shapiung Tomorrows´s Built Environment. Conference Proceedings.
  • Meistad, Torill; Støre-Valen, Marit; Knotten, Vegard; Hosseini, Ali; Klakegg, Ole Jonny; Mejlænder-Larsen, Øystein; Hjelseth, Eilif; Svalestuen, Fredrik; Lædre, Ola; Hansen, Geir Karsten; Lohne, Jardar. (2017) Stakeholder perspectives and information exchange in AEC projects. Integrating information in built environments - from concept to practice.
  • Knotten, Vegard; Svalestuen, Fredrik; Lædre, Ola; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2016) Improving Design Management with Mutual Assessment. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction..
  • Knotten, Vegard; Svalestuen, Fredrik; Lædre, Ola; Lohne, Jardar; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2016) Design Management - Learning Across Trades. WBC16 Proceedings: Volume 1 Creating Built Environments of New Opportunities.
  • Knotten, Vegard; Svalestuen, Fredrik; Lædre, Ola; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2015) Organizational Power in Building Design Management. Global Problems - Global Solutions. Proceedings IGLC 2015 Perth Australia.
  • Alexander, Keith; Blakstad, Siri Hunnes; Hansen, Geir Karsten; Jensen, Per Anker; Lindahl, Göran; Nenonen, Suvi. (2013) Usability: Managing facilities for social outcomes. Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society.
  • Blakstad, Siri Hunnes; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2012) Can Usability Evaluations drive Innovation. DELIVERING VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY - Proceedings of the Cape Town 2012 Joint CIB W070, W092 & TG72 International Conference, held at the Graduate School of Business, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2012) Overview and Status of FM Research for Practice in Norway. Facilities Management Research in the Nordic Countries. Past, Present and Future.