Bio

Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright

is a writer, educator, and…once, a practicing architect.

Currently an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, The New School University in New York City, he teaches and writes on matters of environmental philosophy, design theory, and social practices in the built and natural worlds.

As It Is On Earth is his first work of fiction.

Peter comes from a family of writers with an abiding interest in the natural world. His uncle was three time National Book Award winner, Peter Matthiessen, and his brother Jeff Wheelwright’s third book of non-fiction, The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess, was published in 2012.

Educated at Trinity College where he studied painting and sculpture, he went on to receive his Master in Architecture from Princeton University. As an architect, his design work has been widely published in both the national and international press. The Kaleidoscope House, a modernist dollhouse designed in collaboration with artist Laurie Simmons is in the Collection of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

Peter and his wife Eliza Hicks, a photographer, and their two children split their time between New York City and Columbia County in upstate New York. He is working on his second novel,…entitled either The Door-Man or A Doctrine of Signatures (depending on how he feels at the end of it).

To learn more about Peter Wheelwright’s work as an architect, visit  PMWArchitects.