In 1980 he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico in Milan and in 1989 he received his PhD from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). Full Professor of Urban Planning at Politecnico in Milan, Boeri has been a guest professor at various universities, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Strelka Institute in Moscow and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He has been designer and member of the Scientific Board at Skolkovo Innovation Center, high tech hub close to Moscow.
Stefano Boeri is director of the Future City Lab (FCL) of Tongji University in Shanghai, a post-doctoral research program which explores the future perspectives of metropolis.
He was Councillor for Culture in Milan from 2011 to 2013. Since 2015 he has been appointed member of the Scientific Board of the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy, a palace and Italian classical art museum, along with Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings Department at The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Carl Brandon Strehlke, Curator Emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Since February, 2018 Stefano Boeri is Chairman of Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, one of the main cultural institutions in Italy, staging exhibitions, conferences and events on art, design and architecture.
He was director of the international magazines Domus (2004-2007) and Abitare (2007-2011) and published articles in magazines such as Casabella, Icon, 2g, Archis and Blueprint. He published many books, among which Il territorio che cambia (with A. Lanzani and E. Marini, Abitare Segesta, 1996), Mutations (ACTAR Barcellona,2000), USE, Uncertain states of Europe (Skira, 2009), L’anticittà (Laterza, 2011), Biomilano. Glossario di idee per una metropoli basata su biodiversità (Corraini, 2011), Fare di più con meno (il Saggiatore, 2012), A Vertical Forest. Instructions booklet for the prototype of a forest city (Corraini, 2015) e La città scritta (Quodlibet Edizioni, 2016).