About Christopher Janney
Christopher Janney was trained as an architect (Princeton
University, B.A. Architecture - Visual Arts, 1973 - magna cum laude; M.I.T. - M.S.
Environmental Art, 1978) and a jazz musician (private studies, 1963-1973,
Dalcroze School, 1974-75). Believing that there was more to creating a dynamic
urban environment than erecting buildings, Janney developed his own multi-media
studio, PhenomenArts, Inc. in 1980. He has created numerous permanent interactive
sound/light installations and performances attempting, on the one hand, to make
architecture more "spontaneous" (Harmonic Runway, Miami Airport; REACH:NY, 34th
St. subway, New York) and, on the other hand, to make music more physical
(HeartBeat:mb with S. Rudner, M. Baryshnikov).
He has been awarded The Gyorgy Kepes Prize from MIT, "Sound
Designer of the Year", by LDI/Theater Arts Magazine and the Edison Award from
General Electric for innovation in design. His work has been profiled on CBS
Sunday Morning, HGTV, Architectural Record, Metropolis Magazine, The New York
Times and in a 30-minute award-winning documentary titled "Drum of Time."
Recently, Janney toured his “Sonic Forest” in both the US and
Europe at major music festivals including The Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester,
TN, The Glastonbury Festival and “Hyde Park Calling” in London with Pink Floyd
and The WHO. A book on his work, titled Architecture of the Air, was released
in February, 2007 with the inauguration of “Rainbow Cove Green and Red,” two
nine-story elevator/stair towers at Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
together with an exhibition titled “Urban Musical Instruments” at The Center
for Architecture in New York, NY.
With studios in Boston and London, he is currently working on
projects in Ft. Worth, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Leeds, England and
Believing also that architecture is about a manifestation
of the "public spirit," Janney lectures widely on his work and been a Visiting
Professor at both The Cooper Union School of Architecture and Pratt Institute
School of Architecture where he has taught his seminar, "Sound as a Visual