The Writing Studio

The Writing Studio


Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright

is a writer and, in earlier lives, a practicing architect and educator. He is Emeritus Professor at The New School, Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he taught and wrote on matters of environmental philosophy, design theory, and social practices in the built and natural worlds.

As It Is On Earth, his first work of fiction, received a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence.

His most recent novel, The Door-Man, will be published in early 2022.

Peter comes from a family of writers with an abiding interest in the natural world. His uncle Peter Matthiessen was a three time National Book Award winner, and his brother Jeff Wheelwright is a writer of environmental non-fiction. 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 family split their time between New York City and Columbia County in upstate New York.

To learn more about Peter Wheelwright’s work as an architect, click on the “Architecture’ link above… or visit  PMWArchitects.