Bio

Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright

is a writer and, in earlier lives, an educator and practicing architect.

He is Emeritus Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, The New School University 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.

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’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 when the book is finished).

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