Matthew Peek studied architecture, urban design, and fine art at Berkeley, Columbia, and Yale, with a Fulbright at the University of Venice. Principal of Studio Peek Ancona, a research and design firm combining architecture, planning, and interiors, he is a licensed architect, member of the AIA, and contributor to international journals of architecture. Peek’s work investigates the use of cutting edge natural and composite materials, ranging from new uses for renewable materials to the most recent lightweight prefab and high-tech structures. Collaborations with international firms include EMBT, Ove Arup, Portoghesi, SMWM, and Renzo Piano's Favero + Milan. International broadcasts include a series of sixty-minute conversations with architects including Steven Holl, Richard Meier, and MVRDV. Peek has taught in U.S. and abroad, including collaborations with Architecture for Humanity and contributions to international relief efforts. His built projects include LEED homes, housing, commercial, and civic buildings combining innovative structure and energy-efficient facade systems. His work is recognized internationally, through publications, competitions, and honors including the AIA California Design Award.