Founded in 2003 by partners Christine Mueller and Pankaj Vir Gupta, the office of vir.mueller architects combines architectural research, education, and practice. Prior to establishing the firm, both partners worked for renowned architectural offices in the United States, Europe, and India. vir.mueller architects strives to create timeless aesthetic relationships, evoking the spirit of contemporary culture, ecology, and technology. According primacy to the process of design, our work evolves as a response to the particular character of each program, site, and budget. At every scale, the firm emphasizes the integrity of material and craftsmanship, establishing a fundamental relationship between the physical environment, and the art of making architecture. The professional work of vir.mueller architects has been widely published and awarded – in North America, in Europe, and in India.
In 2015, vir.mueller architects were selected by an international jury as one of the FIFTY UNDER FIFTY – innovators of the twenty first century. In 2014 vir.mueller architects received the Fritz-Höger Award for Excellence in Brick Architecture. 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.
Currently the office is pursuing a range of institutional and residential projects. Recent projects include the University of Chicago Center in India, and the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture – the first contemporary museum in India to be built on a World Heritage Site.
Pankaj Vir Gupta is a licensed architect in the United States, and a registered member of the Council of Indian Architects. As founding partner of vir.mueller architects, he has led the office on award winning projects, across a range of typologies and scales. The work of vir.mueller architects has been published and awarded internationally, and the firm continues to advance design thinking in significant built works of architecture. Recent projects include the University of Chicago Center in India, and the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum – the first contemporary museum in India to be built on a World Heritage Site.
Since 2012, Pankaj has taught as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, wherehe co-founded The Yamuna River Project – the largest multi-disciplinary, pan-university research initiative. As Co-Director of the Yamuna River Project, he teaches an Advanced Design Studio each year focused on the predicaments of Mega Cities. He has previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico – where he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the J.B. Jackson grant award for research.
Pankaj Vir Gupta received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia (1993), and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture at Yale University (1997).
Christine Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Magna Cum Laude) from Washington University in St. Louis (1995), and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (2000). She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center.As a founding partner of vir.mueller architects, she leads the design teams in concept development, as well as in the design evolution of all projects. Based on her research of India’s first concrete building in Pondicherry, Christine co-authored golconde: the introduction of modernism in india– a seminal book on the principals that led to the advent of modern architecture in the Indian sub-continent.
Kapil Shokeen has worked at vir.mueller architects for over five years, leading the Design Teams as the Studio Director. He has led the team of architects and consultants on projects of varying scales and typologies. He is presently the Project Architect on the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum - India’s first contemporary museum to be built on a World Heritage Site. Kapil received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University School of Architecture and Planning in New Delhi.
Smruthi Mohan has extensive experience with design and construction administration, and oversees the vir.mueller design team working on the drawings and construction sequence of some of the most significant residential projects in the studio. Smruthi received her Bachelor of Architecture from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Meghna Prakash has been working on educational projects at vir.mueller architects, most recently leading the programming and design evaluation of the Middle School building for the American Embassy School in New Delhi. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Sushant School of Art and Architecture.
Arushi Rana has been working most recently on the American Embassy School project and on the Hamam Serai Exhibit Building in the historic Qutb Shahi Tombs complex in Hyderabad. She also curates the publications and communications for vir.mueller architects. Arushi received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Sushant School of Art and Architecture.
Anant completed his internship at vir.mueller architects and has been an integral member of the design team on several residential projects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture.