Forty-two-year-old Archana Gupta, an architect and an author of the book ‘Celebrating Public Spaces of India, died due to a gunshot wound at the back of her head. The unfortunate incident took place on Monday night on New Year’s Eve at a farmhouse in South Delhi.
An ex-MLA whipped out his pistol and fired two to three shots in the air to celebrate New Year. He was intoxicated at that time. The architect was on the dance floor with her friends and seemed to be hit by a stray bullet.
The wounded Archana was rushed to Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital in Vasant Kunj. Deputy commissioner of police (south) Vijay Kumar confirmed architect died during treatment.
Delhi Police detained the culprit and his bodyguard on Wednesday near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. The cops then sent the culprit for seven-day police custody. They also recovered 2 rifles and at least 800 live bullets from his farmhouse in Fatehpur Beri where the shooting took place on December 31.
Archana Gupta with her husband Vikas Gupta
The death of an incredible architect, academician and author left her family, friends and a number of architecture students in grief. Her cremation happened on Thursday. Those who know her personally say that she was a brilliant, lively and rational woman, who had spent years working on the conservation of Delhi’s historic buildings and public spaces.
Mourning the loss of an exceptional architect and teacher, a family friend said, “She liked to keep busy on various projects. For 15 years, she taught at TVB University School of Planning and Architecture and was someone students looked up to and connected with immediately. It was only in the past few years that she became a guest lecturer because she also had to manage her foundation and family business.”
A resident of Delhi, Archana Gupta was a mother of two. She was also an owner and co-founder of a platform known as Foundation of Indian Cities. Along with running her family business as well as her father’s consultancy business, she was also the co-editor of the Delhi Conservation Society newsletter in 1991-1996. The brilliant architect also wrote a book with Anshuman Gupta titled Celebrating Public Spaces of India in 2017.
This certainly is a great loss to her family as well as to whole architectural fraternity. Surface Reporter team pays sincere condolences to the grieving family.