• Matteo-Pericoli-Portrait

Photo by Michael Bowles

Matteo Pericoli was born in Milan where he graduated from the Polytechnic School of Architecture.

In 1995 he moved to New York where he worked as an architect, illustrator, author, journalist and teacher. From 1997 to 2000 he worked at the architectural firm Richard Meier & Partners as the project architect for the Jubilee Church in Rome.

His drawings have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, both in the US and in Europe – including, among others, The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Observer, La Stampa and Bell’Italia. His articles have been published in various Italian periodicals.

In 2007 he completed Skyline of the World, a 397-foot-long panoramic mural for American Airlines’ International Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

In 2010, Matteo founded the Laboratory of Literary Architecture, which he has taught, among other places, at Columbia University (New York); the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the National Taiwan University (Taipei); the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara (Italy); the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin); the Scuola Holden (Turin); Southwestern University (Texas) and high schools in Maryland, California, Oklahoma and Turin (Italy).

His Literary Architecture series was featured in The Paris Review Daily, the Italian national newspaper La Stampa and in the Italian weekly Pagina99.

His books have been published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan and China.

Matteo taught architecture and illustration at Saint Ann’s School (Brooklyn, NY) for several years and held a Visiting Professorship at the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), Faculty of Architecture, where he currently lives with his wife and daughter.

Published Work

The Routledge Research Companion on Architecture, Literature, and the City, a chapter dedicated to the Laboratory of Literary Architecture (Routledge, 2018)

As cidades invisíveis – Drawings for a new edition of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (Companhia Das Letras, Brasil, 2017)

Literary Architecture series: The Paris Review Daily, La Stampa and Pagina99

La Divina Commedia – A single drawing of the entire cosmology of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Loescher Editore, Turin, 2016)

Windows on the World: 50 Writers, 50 Views
Series: The New York Times Op-Ed page, August 2010 – August 2011; The Paris Review Daily, January 2012 – September 2014
Book: Penguin Press, 2014 – EDT (Italy), 2015 – Maumsanchack (South Korea), 2016 – Marco Polo Press (Taiwan), 2016

London for Children (Macmillan Children’s Books, Summer 2012)

London Unfurled (Picador, London, Fall 2011)

London Unfurled App for iPad (Pan Macmillan, London, Fall 2011)

Un anno alla finestra: Torino, 53 viste sull’Unità d’Italia (series: La Stampa, March 2010 – March 2011; book: Allemandi & C., April 2011)

The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York (Simon & Schuster, November 2009)

Tommaso and the Missing Line (Knopf for Young Readers, December 2008)

World Unfurled (Chronicle, 2008)

Manhattan Unfurled (Random House, 2001)

Manhattan Within (Random House, 2003)

See the City: the Journey of Manhattan Unfurled (Knopf for Young Readers, 2004)

The True Story of Stellina (Knopf for Young Readers, 2006)

New York e altri disegni (Quodlibet, IT, 2005).

New York, Line by Line, Illustrations by Robinson, foreword by Matteo Pericoli (Universe, October 2009)

In Progress

Windows on Elsewhere: 60 Refugees, 60 Views, an Art for Amnesty project (completion goal: 2021)

Literary Architecture, a book dedicated to the Laboratory of Literary Architecture (Il Saggiatore, Milan)

A series of 12 window view drawings for an upcoming book on Paris-based poetry to be published by Shakespeare & Co. (Paris)

Uitzicht uit mijn raam, a series of Dutch window view drawings for an upcoming weekly column to appear in the national daily De Volkskrant (first series completed: April – July 2018)


Mellon Visiting Artist, Columbia University, New York City, Spring 2013

Drawing and Architecture Teacher, Scuola Holden (Turin, Italy), 2009-2014

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Polytechnic School of Turin (Italy), 2010

Architecture and Illustration Teacher, Saint Ann’s School (Brooklyn, NY), 2004-2008

Adjunct Professor, New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture (New York), 2001


Art for Amnesty (Amnesty International), drawing for “I WELCOME” anniversary book project, exhibited at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, March – August 2018

Eggers 2.0, Turin (Italy), “Le architetture letterarie di Matteo Pericoli”, September 2017

La Grande Invasione literary festival, Ivrea (Italy), “Windows on the World”, “Windows on New York”, and “Manhattan Unfurled”, June 2016

Tricromia International Art Gallery, Rome (Italy), “Finestre sul mondo”, November 2015 – February 2016

Spazio 515 Creative Shop, Turin (Italy), “Windows on the World”, November 2014

Casa dei libri, Milan (Italy), “Finestre di scrittori”, November – December 2012

PM Gallery and House, Pitzhanger Manor-House, Ealing (West London), “London Unfurled”, July – September 2012

Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (Italy), “Drawings from Within”, May – July 2012

A.R.T.e.s. Galerie Forschungsschule, Cologne (Germany), “Drawings from Within”, January – April 2012

Festival America 2010 in Vincennes, Paris, September 2010

Basilica of S. Alessandro in Fiesole, Florence (Italy), “New York e altri disegni,” April – July 2005

XXXVIII Prix International d’Art Contemporain de Monte-Carlo, Monaco, June – July 2004

The New Yorker Magazine, New York City, “The Geometry of Light” (group exhibit), February 2004 – March 2004

Municipal Art Society, New York City, “Manhattan Within,” December 2003 – January 2004

Galleria Il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy, November – December 2003

New-York Historical Society, New York City, “Manhattan Unfurled,” October 2001 – January 2002

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò of NY University, New York City, “Manhattan Unfurled & other works,” December 1999 – January 2000

Italian Cultural Institute, New York City, “Manhattan Unfurled,” October 1999


AIGA, Borders Group, Inc. (nomination for “2006 Original Voices Award”)

Cooper-Hewitt – National Design Awards (nomination for “Architecture Design Award”)

Gryphon Award

Municipal Art Society (nomination for “Brendan Gill Award”)

NY Book Show

NY Bookbinders Guild

NY Public Library

Pewter Award

Society of Illustrators