John Andreas Engh was educated at ETH Zürich and the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and had apprenticeships at various architectural firms in Oslo, Barcelona, and Pittsburgh before being hired as an architect with the Royal Norwegian Air Force at CFB Borden in Canada. During the World War II, he served at the Norwegian bases in Canada, where he designed and led development of the Little Norway and Little Skaugum. He also worked for the United States government on reconstruction projects (1943 to 1945).
Upon returning to Scandinavia, he worked for the Scandinavian Airlines System in Stockholm (1945–46). He moved to Oslo where he joined in partnership with Peer Qvam (1946-1958). In 1970 he entered into partnership with Jon Seip (Engh og Seip Arkitektkontor A/S). He sat on the board of Norwegian Architects' Association from 1952 to 1968 from 1964 as president.
His designs include the Oslo Central Station, Indekshuset at Solli plass in Oslo and several other offices buildings. He designed the Norwegian Embassy in Brasilia (1984) and acted as local architect for the building of the American Embassy in Oslo which was designed by Eero Saarinen.
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