Janet's critical writings on contemporary architecture, design and ceramics have appeared in print and online publications including Blueprint, Domus, I.D. International Design Magazine, frieze, core77.com, Cfile, The Independent, and The New York Times; and in artist monographs and books including Else/Where: Mapping — New Cartographies of Networks and Territories which she co-edited. She was Director of the University of Minnesota Design Institute from 2000-08, before returning to graduate school to train in fine art.
She holds a BSc in Architecture, Planning, Building & Environmental Science from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London University (1980); a PhD in Architectural History, Theory & Criticism from Princeton University (1989); and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan (2010), where she focused on ceramics and installation.
Her awards include a Fulbright Scholarship to the U.S. (1983), the Royal Institute of British Architects' Architectural Journalist of the Year award (1986 and 1987), a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1995), and SITE Santa Fe's 2014 SPREAD 5.0 award for New Mexico based studio artists. She has held artist residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada; A.I.R. Vallauris, France; and the European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands.