Assistant Professor, Architecture
B.A., Yale University
Co-Founder, Besler & Sons
Office: Architecture Building, S-110
Erin Besler is co-founder of Besler & Sons, an architecture studio that designs buildings, software, objects, interfaces, and interiors. Their work has been exhibited at venues internationally, including the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism as part of the group exhibition Now, There, which received the UABB Bronze Dragon. In 2015 they were finalists for MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program and, recently, their work was awarded a Graham Foundation Grant as part of the collaborative project Privacies Infrastructure, which was constructed in Los Angeles in 2018. Besler & Sons has been profiled and their design work featured in The New York Times T Magazine, Dezeen, Architect Magazine, Domino Magazine, and The Architect’s Newspaper.
In addition to her design practice, Besler pursues architectural research through teaching and writing; she has published in journals including Future Anterior, Perspecta, Log, San Rocco, and Project Journal. Her work is characterized by a particular interest in construction technologies, social media, and other online platforms for producing and sharing content where digital interactions rely less on expertise and more on ubiquity.
She received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal. Prior to founding her own practice, she worked in the offices of Tigerman McCurry Architects and VOA Associates in Chicago, and First Office and Zago Architecture in Los Angeles. She is a recipient of the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize and the 2018-2019 Founders Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Besler was previously an Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, where she was awarded the 2013-2014 A.UD Teaching Fellowship.