Besler & Sons | Interview

The Architectural League Prize 2015
Besler & Sons
Erin Besler

Concerned that the separation between discipline and practice “has allowed the architect to gain distance from the builder,” Erin Besler explores the perceived limits of architectural practice. She describes her Los Angeles-based studio, Besler & Sons, as “working through reference” to test those ideas of authorship and authority.

Her Authenticity installation builds on these ideas to investigate the architectural mock-up through a “conversation about originals and copies.” The exhibit, a series of full-scale rain gutters installed in the gallery, provokes questions about “the relationship between model, installation, mock-up, and a piece of construction.”


Erin Besler earned a B.A. in Architecture from Yale University in 2004 and an M.Arch with Distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2012. She is a faculty member at the University of California Los Angeles in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. 

The Architectural League Prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.

Visit the 2015 League Prize feature for more information about this year’s winners and the theme of Authenticity. See the complete list of past winners here.