PETER LIANG, AIA, LEED-AP | FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL
Peter started Blue Truck as a joint project with his short-bed blue Ford pickup. A licensed California architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed California contractor, Peter built his studio with the core values of collaboration and craft in the making of modern architecture. His work — which spans residential commissions, artful retail spaces, and concepts for institutions — reflects his love of the minimal, the hand-made, the meticulous, and all forms of sustainability. His projects have been featured in Dwell, Design Bureau, Renovate Magazine, EDC Magazine, and California Home + Design. After graduating from Stanford with a double major in architecture and Chinese, Peter spent several years as a furniture-maker, knife-maker, and then a joint-cutter and carpenter at a timber frame company in Montana. He found his way back to architecture at Harvard and completed his Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley, where his academic work explored collaboration in the design process. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two maximalist children.
FREDRIC SHERMAN, FAIA | STUDIO DIRECTOR
Fredric is an architect with more than 25 years of experience. He is committed to creating environmentally sustainable architecture and finds inspiration in the ways that people subconsciously and emotionally connect with physical spaces. He works collaboratively with clients to transform their environment, productivity, and well-being. His award-winning projects include the Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College; the public library in Hercules, CA; and the Visual and Performing Arts Village at Cabrillo College. An American Institute of Architects Fellow, Fredric is licensed in both California and Minnesota. He enjoys skiing, golf, theater, jazz, and hiking California’s bountiful trails.
JOHN FLAHERTY | DESIGNER, Draftsperson
John is interested in the use of commonplace building materials and techniques to create remarkable outcomes. John has degrees in philosophy and psychology from UC Santa Cruz and received his Master of Architecture in 2014 from UC Berkeley. During his graduate studies, he was awarded the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship for his outstanding proposal on the architecture of monasteries. This allowed him to spend a year abroad researching the relationship between the built environments of monasteries, the landscapes they were situated in, and monastic life. A San Francisco native, John lives with his wife and Iggy the dog and surfs avidly.
BENJAMIN SHI | Designer, draftsPERSON
Ben brings his expertise in the experimental use of digital tools to Blue Truck. To explore visual representation, he uses 3D modeling and other methods to test materials, lighting, and structural ideas. Ben grew up in Shanghai and earned his civil engineering degree from Hunan University of Arts and Science in 2008. After working in the construction industry in China, he enrolled at the Academy of Art University where he recently completed his Master of Architecture. Ben is influenced by Renzo Piano and his father, also a civil engineer, who nurtured his love of architecture. In his free time, he enjoys basketball and hiking. He also loves modelcraft and has designed and built his own aircraft.