Besler & Sons, LLC

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About

Erin Besler and Ian Besler are cofounders of Besler & Sons, LLC, a Los Angeles based practice that works on buildings, objects, videos, interfaces, and interiors 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.


Alongside their practice, they pursue design research through writing and teaching, with publications in journals including Log, Pidgin, Future Anterior, 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 Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism.


Besler & Sons have been profiled and their work featured in The New York Times T Magazine, Dezeen, Architect Magazine, Domino Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Archinect.


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 was 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 Master of Fine Arts from the Media Design Practices program at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where he was the 2014 Milken Family Foundation Post-Graduate Design Fellow, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught courses in graphic design, interaction design, and user experience design at the University of Southern California and Santa Monica College.

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News

  1. The public exhibition Privacies Infrastructure, curated by Jia Gu and Aurora Tang for Materials & Applications, and including the project and public workshop “Storage Ensemble,” opens in Echo Park.

  2. Archinect’sevent picks” for the summer include the public exhibition Privacies Infrastructure, curated by Jia Gu and Aurora Tang for Materials & Applications, and including the project and public workshop “Storage Ensemble.”

  3. Erin is appointed as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Princeton University School of Architecture.

  4. The retail pop-up “Trusses on Trucks” for THIS X THAT is featured at the LA Design Festival in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

  5. Erin and Ian lead a workshop on fabricating and constructing “Los Angeles Building Party Hats,” hosted by Days in Los Feliz.

  6. Erin is awarded the Founders Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome for her fellowship proposal “The Problem with the Corner Problem.”

  7. Ian presents recent work in a lecture titled “Content Aware Fill” at the Communications Design department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

  8. Props” terrazzo home accessories and “Los Angeles Building Party Hats” are featured in the year-long programming series “Cities of Days” at Days in Los Feliz.

  9. Erin and Ian present recent work at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles as part of Architecture 101, a discussion series organized by THIS X THAT, with Architecture Office and Bureau Spectacular.

  10. The retail pop-up “Trusses on Trucks” for THIS X THAT at the MOCA Store at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, is featured in Wallpaper*.

  11. The retail pop-up “Trusses on Trucks” for THIS X THAT at the MOCA Store at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, is featured in Design Milk.

  12. The retail pop-up “Trusses on Trucks” for THIS X THAT at the MOCA Store at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, is featured in The Architect’s Newspaper.

  13. The group exhibition “Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech,” curated by K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder, and including the projects Low Fidelity and Roof Deck, opens at the Druker Gallery at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

  14. The retail pop-up “Trusses on Trucks” for THIS X THAT, featuring work by Architecture Office, Besler & Sons, Joanna Grant, Jimenez Lai, New Affiliates, and Welcome Companions opens at the MOCA Store at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.

  1. Erin and Ian present recent work as part of Architecture 101, a discussion series organized by THIS X THAT at the Standard in Los Angeles.

  2. Erin and Ian present recent work as part of the conference Powerful IV, organized by the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

  3. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured in Interior Design Homes magazine.

  4. Ian presents recent work in a presentation titled “Best Practices” as part of TestLab Berlin, a design studio organized by Jenny Rodenhouse for ArtCenter College of Design.

  5. The installation “Enjoy Your Deck :-)” opens at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  6. The work “Front Door,” by Fiona Connor and Erin Besler, opens at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  7. The installation “Super Models,” by Sylvia Lavin with Erin Besler, Jessica Colangelo (Somewhere Studio) and Thomas Kelley (Norman Kelley) opens at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  8. The text “Sample Room” is published in OfficeUS Manual, part of the U.S. Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljacki, Ashley Schafer, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, and Jacob Reidel.

  9. Metropolis Magazine’s Paul Makovsky mentions Besler & Sons’ “Props” home accessories in an article in The Chicago Tribune.

  10. The Graham Foundation announces a grant award for the group exhibition Privacies Infrastructure, including Besler & Sons, and curated by Jia Gu and Aurora Tang.

  11. Texts by Besler & Sons are included in the exhibition Cloud of Thoughts curated by Hitoshi Abe at Okamura Design Space R in Tokyo.

  12. Erin and Ian are interviewed as part of the Small Studio Snapshots series for Archinect.

  13. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured at The 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair as part of the collection “In Support of Books,” curated by Norma Studio.

  14. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured in Domino magazine.

  15. Props” terrazzo home accessories are included in the architecture journal Log in a feature about domestic design objects.

  16. Ian presents recent work in a presentation titled “Best Practices” as part of the Design Immersion Days summer seminar program at SCI-Arc.

  17. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured in Warehouse Home magazine.

  18. The group exhibition “New California Craft,” curated by Jonathan Lo and including the retail collection of Besler & Sons “Props” terrazzo home accessories, opens as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival.

  19. Props” terrazzo home accessories get a mention in Azure Magazine in a feature about emerging trends in product design.

  20. The Los Angeles Times previews the Los Angeles Design Festival, including the exhibition “New California Craft,” curated by Jonathan Lo and featuring work by Besler & Sons.

  21. The retail collection of Besler & Sons “Props” terrazzo home accessories are available at the Marciano Art Foundation Bookstore in Los Angeles.

  22. Mimi Zeiger says that Besler & Sons’ exhibition design “gives a bit of quirky humor” to “The Duck and the Document” in a review for Architect Magazine.

  23. The Los Angeles Times says the exhibition “The Duck and the Document” mixes “the scholarly and the political in a particularly effective way” in a review by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne.

  24. The terrazzo piece “Parking Chock” is featured at the Los Angeles gallery of The Future Perfect in the West Hollywood Hills.

  25. “Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured at INTRO/NY in Manhattan as part of the collection “In Support of Books”, curated by Norma Studio.

  26. Craig Hodgetts says the exhibition “The Duck and the Document” is “provocative and thoughtful” in a review for The Architect’s Newspaper.

  27. The exhibition “The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures” curated by Sylvia Lavin and with exhibition design by Besler & Sons opens at SCI-Arc.

  28. Ian presents recent work in a lecture titled “Best Practices” as part of a graduate seminar lecture series at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

  29. Besler & Sons “Props” home accessories are featured as part of a product launch event at Consort in Los Angeles.

  30. Erin and Ian are interviewed about “Props” home accessories in a feature for Consort.

  31. Besler & Sons “Props” home accessories are featured in The New York Times Style Magazine.

  32. Besler & Sons “Props” home accessories are featured in The Culture Trip.

  33. Toronto’s Globe and Mail says that Besler & Sons and other Los Angeles design studios have “succumbed to terrazzo’s charms.”

  34. “Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured in The LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of the collection “In Support of Books,” curated by Norma Studio.

  35. Besler & Sons “Props” home accessories are featured in Design Milk.

  1. Erin and Ian are interviewed about “Props” home accessories in a feature about terrazzo for the style section of The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

  2. Erin and Ian lead a summer intensive section titled “Various Staircases” at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at University of Technology, Sydney.

  3. Props” terrazzo home accessories is featured in Dezeen as part of their Christmas Gift Guide 2016.

  4. Props” terrazzo home accessories are available at the Hammer Store at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

  5. The MOCA Store in Los Angeles and THIS X THAT host a product launch party for the retail collection of Besler & Sons “Props” terrazzo home accessories.

  6. Props” terrazzo home accessories are available at the MOCA Store at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

  7. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured on Dezeen.

  8. Erin presents recent work as part of the Fall Lecture Series at the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture.

  9. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured in Architect Magazine.

  10. Props” terrazzo home accessories are available at the CAFAM Shop at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

  11. Props” terrazzo home accessories are available at the MOCA Store at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

  12. Props” terrazzo home accessories are featured on Sight Unseen.

  13. The installation “Practice Mat” opens as part of the Materials & Applications group exhibition TURF, curated by Jia Gu and Courtney Coffman, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.

  14. The “Props” terrazzo home accessories product line is launched.

  15. The text “Like So” is published in the Yale School of Architecture journal Perspecta.

  16. The text “On Background” is published in the SCI-Arc journal Offramp.

  17. The installation “Practice Mat” opens as part of the Materials & Applications group exhibition TURF, curated by Jia Gu and Courtney Coffman, in Echo Park.

  18. Erin and Ian participate in a panel discussion as part of the group exhibition Come In! DTLA at the A+D Museum in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

  19. The work “Table of Contents” is published in the UCLA AUD journal Pool.

  20. Erin presents recent work as part of the CalPoly Metro Program lecture series at the Helms Design Center in Culver City.

  21. The installation “3D Warehouse” opens as part of the group exhibition Come In! DTLA at the A+D Museum in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

  22. Erin and Ian participate in the keynote panel discussion “To Live and Design in DTLA” moderated by Carlo Caccavale as part of WestWeek 2016 design festival at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

  23. Erin presents recent work as part of the symposium Fieldwork, organized by Sarah Hearne at University of Technology, Sydney.

  24. Erin and Ian are interviewed as part of the Next Progressives series in Architect Magazine.

  25. The installation “The Entire Situation + StudFindr” opens as part of the group exhibition Fieldwork, curated by Sarah Hearne, at the UTS Gallery in Sydney.

  26. The text “Along the Frontier of Resolution” is published in the journal Log, guest edited by Greg Lynn.

  27. The text “Alright, Click on Your Guy” is published in the journal Arredamento Mimarlık.

  28. Beatrice Leanza writes in a review for Frieze that “the more nuanced presentations” at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) are found in thematic pavilions, including “Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City,” curated by Mimi Zeiger and Tim Durfee.

  29. Erin presents recent work as part of a seminar lecture series organized by Victor Jones at the University of Southern California School of Architecture.

  30. The text “Synthetic Turf: A Taxonomy of Patent Drawings” is published in the Winter newsletter of the L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

  31. Erin is interviewed in Design Indaba about the installation “The Entire Situation + StudFindr” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  32. Erin and Fiona Connor run a two-day book-binding workshop titled “Can You Help With This Project? …” at the REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles.

  1. The thematic pavilion “Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City” receives the Bronze Award at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB).

  2. The installation “Google Los Angeles Resolution Frontier” opens as part of the thematic pavilion “Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City,” curated by Mimi Zeiger and Tim Durfee at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen.

  3. The installation “The Entire Situation + StudFindr” is called “THE must-see” installation by Archinect at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  4. The Los Angeles Times says that “investigations of technology and digital culture” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial “come in smartly measured doses” in a review by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne.

  5. The installation “The Entire Situation + StudFindr” is called a “Must-See” by ArchDaily at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  6. The installation “The Entire Situation + StudFindr” opens as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center.

  7. Mimi Zeiger interviews Erin and Ian, along with other West Coast design studios, in The Architect’s Newspaper in a preview for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

  8. The installation “Along the Frontiers of Resolution” opens as part of the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) in Vancouver.

  9. Erin presents work as part of The Architectural League Prize group exhibition lecture series.

  10. The installation “Amerimax Model Showroom” opens as part of the The Architectural League Prize group exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

  11. Erin leads the workshop “Architecture Itself” at the Syracuse University School of Architecture.

  12. The text “A Taxonomy of Synthetic Turf Patent Drawings” is published in the UCLA journal Pool.

  13. The installation “Low Fidelity” opens as part of the group exhibition The New Creativity: Man and Machines, curated by Sylvia Lavin at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture Schindler House in Los Angeles.

  14. The installation “Amerimax Motel Showroom” opens as part of the group exhibition One Night Stand at the Holiday Lodge Motel in Los Angeles.

  15. Erin is awarded the 2015 Architectural League Prize by The Architectural League of New York.

  16. The text “Along the Frontier of Resolutions” is published in the Princeton School of Architecture journal Pidgin Magazine.

  17. The installation “Low Fidelity” opens at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the group exhibition Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, curated by Karen Kice.

  18. The text “June Gloom Gray” is published on Re-Form.

  19. Erin presents work and participates in a panel discussion as part of the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics (WHAP!) lecture series, hosted by the California Institute of the Arts Master’s Program in Aesthetics and Politics and the West Hollywood Library and moderated by Norman Klein.

  20. The exhibition “The Entire Situation” is featured in the journal Project.

  1. Erin is selected as a finalist for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.

  2. The Los Angeles Times calls the exhibition “The Entire Situation” a “budget do-it-yourself Richard Serra” in a review by critic Sharon Mizota.

  3. Erin and Ian present work and participate in a panel discussion as part of the L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design series Out There Doing It, moderated by Sarah Lorenzen at the Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake.

  4. The exhibition “The Entire Situation” opens at the Mackey Garage Top Gallery in Los Angeles.

  5. Ian presents recent work in a lecture titled “Michael Milken, Descriptions, and U.S. Patent No. 6,628,279” at the Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice in Pasadena.

  6. The text “Super Models or: Some (Scale) Models That I’d Like to Know” is awarded the Core77 Design Award for Writing & Commentary.

  7. Erin presents work as part of the A.UD Lecture Series at UCLA.

  8. The installation “Google Los Angeles Resolution Frontier” opens as part of the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles.

  9. The installation “My Own Private Google Earth” opens as part of the Media Design Practices group thesis exhibition at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

  10. The text “Some Scale Models We’d Like to Know” is published in the journal San Rocco.

  11. The installation “After Chebyshev” opens as part of the group exhibition Chess at the Jai & Jai Gallery in Los Angeles .

  1. The exhibition “Low Fidelity” opens at the Design Matters gallery in Los Angeles.

  1. Erin presents the paper “Low Fidelity” as part of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference in San Francisco.

  2. The installation “Low Fidelity” opens in Los Angeles as part of the group thesis exhibition at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Texts

  1. “More Glueing. More Doing.”
    Pidgin Magazine No. 24, Princeton University School of Architecture

  1. Enjoy Your Deck :-)
    Make New History, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 exhibition catalog, edited by Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee, and Sarah Hearne, Lars Müller Publishers

  2. “Sample Room”
    OfficeUS Manual, U.S. Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljacki, Ashley Schafer, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, and Jacob Reidel, Pentagram/Lars Müller Publishers

  3. “Amerimax Model Showroom”
    Young Architects 17: Authenticity, The Architectural League of New York, Princeton Architectural Press

  1. “Like So”
    Perspecta No. 49 Quote, edited by AJ Artemel, Russell LeStourgeon, and Violette de la Selle, Yale School of Architecture, MIT Press

  2. On Background
    Offramp No. 11 Ground, edited by Zachary Tate Porter, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

  3. “Table of Contents”
    Pool Magazine No. 1 Table, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD)

  4. Along the Frontier of Resolution
    Log No. 36 ROBOLOG, guest edited by Greg Lynn

  5. “Alright, Click on Your Guy” [PDF]
    Arredamento Mimarlık The Young in Architecture or After the Star, guest edited by Esra Kahveci

  1. The Entire Situation + StudFindr
    The State of the Art of Architecture, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015 exhibition catalog, Lars Müller Publishers, with Satoru Sugihara / ATLV

  2. Los Angeles Resolution Frontiers
    Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City exhibition catalog, edited by Mimi Zeiger and Tim Durfee, 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: Re-Living The City

  3. Along the Frontier of Resolution
    International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2015 exhibition catalog, New Forms Art Press

  4. A Taxonomy of Synthetic Turf Patent Drawings
    Pool Magazine No. 0, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD)

  5. Along the Frontier of Resolutions
    Pidgin Magazine No. 19 Magic, Princeton University School of Architecture

  1. “Some Scale Models We’d Like to Know”
    San Rocco Magazine No. 9 Monks and Monkeys