Matteo Pericoli was born in Milan, where he graduated from the Polytechnic School of Architecture.
He moved to New York in 1995, where he has worked as an architect, illustrator, author, journalist, and teacher. From 1997 to 2000 he worked at the architectural firm Richard Meier & Partners.
His drawings have been published in various newspapers and magazines, both in the US and in Europe — including, among others, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Observer, La Stampa, and Pagina99 for which he regularly contributes.
In 2007 he completed Skyline of the World, a 397-foot-long panoramic mural for American Airlines’ new International Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
He has taught architecture and illustration at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY, and is now living with his wife and daughter in Turin, Italy, where he held a Visiting Professorship at the Polytechnic of Turin, Faculty of Architecture and where he worked on his latest projects on London and Turin.
He has taught his “Laboratory of Literary Architecture”, among other places, at Columbia University in New York; at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; at the National Taiwan University in Taipei; at the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, Italy; at High Schools in Maryland, California, Oklahoma and Turin, Italy; at the creative writing school Scuola Holden, Turin; and at the Theater Department of Southwestern University, Texas.
Other than in the US, his books have been published in the United Kingdom, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan, and China.