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John Storyk

John Storyk (born May 10, 1946), a registered architect and acoustician, is a founding partner (with wife and business partner Beth Walters) of Walters-Storyk Design Group. Since the 1969 completion of Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix in New York City, Storyk and the firm’s associates have provided design, system integration, and construction supervision services for almost 4000 professional audio recording and video production / post-production studios, performance venues, sports, houses of worship and educational facilities. The Walters-Storyk Design Group is an eleven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. Including, most recently, three consecutive wins: the 30th Annual (2015) for the Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.; The 31st Annual (2016) two nominations, Winner The Church Studios London; and the 32nd Annual (2017) two nominations, Winner Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room. To date twenty-nine, WSDG studio design projects (including four multiple-entry nominations), have competed for TEC Awards since the event debuted in 1985. WSDG maintains a staff of fifty designers and engineers, and offices in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, Mumbai and St. Petersburg.[1]

John Storyk
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John Storyk
Born May 10, 1946 (1946-05-10) (age 71)
Residence Highland, New York
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Architect & Principal at WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group
Spouse(s) Beth Walters



Early life and educationEdit

John Storyk & Eddie Kramer at Electric Lady Studios

As an aspiring musician and architecture student at Princeton and Columbia Universities, John Storyk’s career has followed a natural pursuit of his two favorite subjects. Forty years on, his occupational inclinations have produced the design and construction of over 3500 world-class audio and video production facilities, recording studios, radio stations, corporate media and conference rooms, educational, sports and entertainment facilities, clubs, restaurants[1] and theaters. His work includes private studios for Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Aerosmith, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, R. Kelly and the 2011 TEC Award-Winning New York City Jungle City Studios.[2]

John Storyk’s first commission after graduating from Princeton University in 1968 was for Jimi Hendrix in 1969. That studio, Electric Lady, continues to churn out hit records today in its original site in NY's Greenwich Village.[3]


John Storyk at WSDG Construction Site

Storyk’s credits range from multimillion-dollar recording facilities in Kuala Lumpur to NY’s Jazz at Lincoln Center performance complex, Le Poisson Rouge[4] and 54 Below, to studios in Argentina, Brazil, Europe and China. He designed MJH Studios in Cranbury, NJ, scheduled to open in early 2017. His 2011 Jungle City, a $6+ million New York City ‘Destination Studio’ was featured in the NY Times[5] and Vanity Fair.[6]

WSDG Broadcast facility design credits include architecture and/or audio-acoustic planning and design for CBS, WNET, Food Network, TSR Broadcasting, Geneva; UPC Broadcasting, Amsterdam; VGTRK – Public Broadcasting/Moscow; and, in partnership with ARTEC Consultants, the audio studios at Jazz at Lincoln Center, now operating as XM Broadcasting facilities. WSDG has also designed distance-learning facilities for Hunter College (New York City), the experimental Ross School in East Hampton, NY, the $6.8 million NYU James L. Dolan Recording/Teaching/Research Complex, and the recently completed Berklee Valencia and the Berklee Boston , 160 Massachusetts Avenue Music Education/Production Complex completed in 2014. Storyk also serves as an adjunct professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[7] In January, 2015, Berklee 160 Mass. Ave. won the 2015 TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, marking WSDG's 9th TEC Award in this category.

John Storyk is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). He is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers. A recipient of the AES Fellowship Award, he lectures at schools around the U.S. and has established courses in acoustics at Yale University, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF; Full Sail Center, Orlando; and Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is currently adjunct professor of Acoustics and Studio Design, and where Walters-Storyk Design Group is currently completing a 14,000 sq. ft. audio education complex in a ground-up building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue.

Top Projects[8]Edit

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room
Central Synagogue in NY

Marriage and childrenEdit

John Storyk & Beth Walters

Storyk is married to his business and life partner Beth Walters. The couple raised two sons in Highland, New York and now live in Highland and the Yucatán Coast in Mexico.[10]


  1. ^ "Metropolis Magazine: ""Would You Like Ear-Splitting Noise and Migraines With Your Order?"". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sonic Scoop: Jungle City Studios shows NYC in a new light". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "PBS: Electric Lady Studios". PBS. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Le Poisson Rouge". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "NY Times: New Studio Harks Back to a Musical Golden Age". NY Times. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Vanity Fair: Temple of Sound". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "WSDG Client List". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "WSDG Client List". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Swiss Parliament Project Page on". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Daley, Dan (1999-06-01). "John Storyk: Thirty Years of Studio Design". MIX. 

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