Harry Shure Professorship in Architecture
The Harry Shure Visiting Professorship in Architecture was created by Michael Shure (College '60) in 1985 in memory of his father and was established by the Board of Visitors in 1989. This chair was designed to attract nationally and internationally known architects to the University faculty and provided funds to lead a graduate-level studio each academic year. Mr. Shure studied architecture at the Pratt Institute and was chair of the international management firm, SWIPCO. He was a member of the Architecture advisory board and the New York steering committee of the 1995 Campaign for the University of Virginia. In addition to the visiting professorship, a supplement to the endowment in 1990 was created for the preparation and distribution of a small document that explained the intentions of the studio, its mission, or issues being explored, and a commentary on the outcome.
The Harry Shure Visiting Professorship in Architecture was awarded to Pankaj Vir Gupta for the 2014-16 academic years. Mr. Gupta is Principal of vir.mueller architects in New Delhi, India, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture with a bachelor's degree in 1993.
Mr. Gupta has been associated with the University of Virginia School of Architecture for a number of years, participating in the School's very successful Re-Entrant India Program. In 2015, the evolving program entered its fourth year and focused on transects of public space connecting the edge of the toxic Yamuna River to Lutyen’s precinct of New Delhi. The residual space of the Pragati Maidan district is a tragic site of abandonment. Power plants and tangled infrastructure choke this no man’s land. Mr. Gupta led the pedagogic charge to expand the work of the previous two Shure Studios on urban design strategies for the densification of Delhi. Mr. Gupta and the team continued to advance through transects—the character of the mythic origin of an Urban Forest of shade and scent—connecting the enduring cultural heritage of Delhi to emerging hybrid strategies of integrated urban systems of infrastructure and ecologies, dwelling and exchange serving citizens and strangers alike.