Archived biography: In 1998, Eric Liftin was named a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. In September 1997, Liftin launched MESH Architectures, designing website architecture and physical architecture. MESH is devoted to crossing the realms of physical and virtual architecture. Eric earned a master's degree in architecture from Columbia University, and a BA in literature from Yale. He worked at New York architecture firms, but after helping to design the first Firefly website, he joined the startup company in 1996 as an interface architect. From his early involvement, Eric has focused on bringing the spontaneity and excitement of urban life to the Web, mixing people and information in creative ways.