Monday, April 22, 2024

Michael Jantzen

Michael Jantzen, who considers himself to be an artist and a designer, was born in Centralia Illinois on May 3rd 1948. He grew up with his parents and eight brothers and sisters on a summer resort near Carlyle Illinois. It was there that his early experimentations with structure design led him to Southern Illinois University, at Edwardsville and their Dean’s List Program.

After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree, Michael went on to receive his Masters of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Over the next twenty years he designed and built many experimental art projects, and architectural structures. Many of the architectural structures explored new ways of re-inventing the house.

Michael moved to the Los Angeles area in 1990 to continue his leading edge experimental work in the crossover fields of art and architecture.

Michael’s work has been featured in hundreds of articles in books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. His designs have also been featured on various TV programs, exhibited in many galleries, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, at the Harvard School of Design and Architecture, at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, the Santa Fe Institute, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Michael is married to Ellen Jantzen who is also an internationally known artist.

Learn more about Michael on his websites, and

The M-house
The North Slope Ski Hotel
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  1. […] Michael Jantzen takes a far more literal approach to the concept of place and sanctuary. Raised on a 50-acre country resort, Jantzen began teaching himself to build at a young age creating useful structures for his family’s business. Today he uses architecture to portray his artistic message as is the case in one photos series in which he digitally deconstructs homes and churches to destabilize something typically thought of as solid. Jantzen gravitates toward sustainable design for his larger pieces and considers ways in which alternative energy can be cohesively integrated into architecture. […]

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