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. New projects include the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the India Centre for the University of Chicago, the research campus for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the campus for the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and a new Institute of Engineering and Technology for Ahmedabad University.