Pankaj Vir Gupta is a founding partner (with Christine Mueller) of vir.mueller architects, in New Delhi, a firm encompassing architectural practice, design research and education. He is a licensed architect in the United States, and a registered member of the Council of Architecture in India.
Pankaj Vir Gupta received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture at Yale University. Committing to the evolution of Indian architecture and urbanism, vir.mueller architects have designed significant public projects across India, including cultural and institutional commissions. We are presently engaged in the design and construction of the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in New Delhi – the first contemporary museum in India to be built on a World Heritage Site. The firm upholds an identity of citizen-architect; thus, engagement with the public as an educated and informed voice of design-related issues, remains critical to our identity as an architectural design studio. This philosophy has guided our years of teaching and consulting for public and civic agencies.
Pankaj Vir Gupta is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he is the Co-Founder (with Inaki Alday) of the Yamuna River Project, a major pan-university research project. Since 2012, he has been teaching Urban and Architecture Design studios and leading a multi-disciplinary research initiative focused on the revitalization of urban precincts adjacent to the Yamuna river in New Delhi, creating a vital ecological center for India’s capital city. The Yamuna River Project confronts the dilemmas of unplanned urban expansion and challenges posed by extreme weather in mega-cities, with an analytical, research-based methodology, and facilitates a dynamic collaboration between diverse knowledge partners, encompassing faculty and students in Architecture, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, Public Health, Business, Economics, and the Humanities – and including municipal authorities, political leaders, and non-government organizations. This project has won several national and international awards for the participating students and achieved significant recognition for the University of Virginia School of Architecture.