Erin Besler was born in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked for Tigerman-McCurry Architects and VOA Associates in Chicago and for First Office and Zago Architecture in Los Angeles. She was the 2013-2014 Teaching Fellow at UCLA A.UD. Her work is situated within the gap between disciplinary problems and practical problems and seeks to refit things that have been relegated to practice, such as everyday aspects of construction, building information modeling and architectural mockups, into a conceptual framework. Her work has been presented and exhibited in Beijing, Los Angeles, Paris, Chicago, New York and San Francisco with publications in Log, Pidgin, FutureAnterior, Project, San Rocco and Perspecta. Recently she was awarded the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize. She is a co-founder, with Ian Besler, of the Los Angeles based practice Besler & Sons, an interdisciplinary architecture and design studio that works on buildings, mockups, interfaces and software. In 2015 they were finalists for MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program, participants in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture/Urbanism as part of the exhibition "Now, There," which was awarded the UABB Bronze Dragon.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University
Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture
AIA Henry Adams Medal