Erin Besler and Ian Besler are cofounders of Besler & Sons, LLC, a Los Angeles based practice that works to expand the definition of architecture through active participation with amateur creators, construction trades, and design software. They work to create new audiences and opportunities for social engagement. Their work has been published in Log, Pidgin, FutureAnterior, Project, San Rocco, and Perspecta. Their work has been exhibited internationally. They were finalists for MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, participants in the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture/Urbanism.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She is a Lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design where she was the 2013-2014 Teaching Fellow. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where he was the 2014 Milken Family Foundation Post-Graduate Design Fellow. He is a Lecturer of Design at the University of Southern California and Santa Monica College.
Besler & Sons team members have included: Heidi Alexander, Bronte Araghi, Jamie Barron, Kyle Branchesi, Dongxiao Cheng, Ryan Conroy, Athena Do, Chase Galis, Chris Gassaway, Brian Harms, Ryan Hughes, Rayan Itani, Alicia Jones, Sohun Kang, Yuna Kim, Devin Koba, Ingrid Lao, Eunice Lee, Bernhard Luthringshausen, Tori McKenna, Haleh Olfati, Dami Olufowoshe, Tom Pompeani, Sai Rojanapirom, Shane Reiner-Roth, Jimmy Skarzenski, Evellyn Tan, Evi Temmel, Tessa Watson.
Collaborators and contributors have included: BEHR Process Corporation, Barbara Besler, Harry Besler, Fiona Connor, Mary Franck, Sherri Gould, Sarah Hearne, InFocus Corporation, Shawn Jackson, ML Drywall Construction, Jenny Rodenhouse, Satoru Sugihara/ATLV, THIS X THAT, Walter P Moore.