March 25, 2011 — Pankaj Vir Gupta, a partner with Vir.Mueller Architects in New Delhi, will give the Open House Lecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture on April 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.
In "Constructing Practice: The Work of Vir.Mueller Architects," Gupta will introduce the research and design work of his firm. Projects include both public buildings and private residences. With each, the firm strives to focus on the integrity of material and craftsmanship, establishing a fundamental relationship between the physical environment and the art of making architecture.
Gupta is a licensed architect in the United States, and a registered member of the Council of Indian Architects. He received a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Virginia in 1993, and a master of architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture at Yale University in 1997. He worked for architectural offices in the United States and in India, including Will Bruder Architects, office dA and Joseph Stein.
Gupta and his partner, Christine Mueller, established the office of Vir.Mueller Architects in Boston in 2003 and relocated in 2006 to India. The firm has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Foundation for World Education, the George Nakashima Foundation for Peace and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Gupta is co-author of the monograph, "Golconde: The Introduction of Modernism in India," published in 2010, and authors a column for the Wall Street Journal, "India Journal."