SACAP congratulates 2015 Corobrik Architectural Award winner Vedhant Maharaj, WITS Graduate


SACAP congratulates 2015 Corobrik Architectural Award

winner Vedhant Maharaj, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) graduate

Johannesburg, 13 May 2016: 

SACAP President Yashaen Luckan, and Registrar/CEO Marella O’Reilly, congratulate Vedhant Maharaj on Wednesday night’s announcement that he is the 29th architectural student to take first prize at the Corobrik Architectural Awards.

Says Registrar/CEO Marella: “We continue to regard the award as undoubtedly our country’s ultimate and highly prestigious recognition of emerging architectural talent.” 

For nearly three decades, the celebrated award has been presented to a talented young graduate whose work is peer-reviewed and judged by practicing and wholly respected professionals within the industry. SACAP’s Women in Architecture South Africa (WiASA) Task Team Chairperson Karuni Naidoo was one of these appointed judges. 

Vedhant graduated from one of SACAP-accredited Architectural Learning Site (ALS), the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and he is now registered with SACAP as a Candidate Architect.

Says SACAP president Yashaen, “"Vedhant's research is commendable in that it has connected architecture to people, place and time. His will to delve into the life of place and people, considering revitalisation (time) and adaptive reuse is the essence of what architecture ought to be in the current context and time - responsive architecture. I wish Vedanth well in his professional career and will be looking forward to his future work." 

The president and registrar/CEO also extend their congratulations and admiration to the eight regional finalists from SACAP’s other ALS’ this year. These finalists won their respective regional awards during 2015 and went forward to compete for the national award.  

Vedhant’s winning dissertation, entitled Yantra, Infrastructure of the Sacred and Profane, is a water purification infrastructure for the hazardously polluted River Ganges in India and was identified by the judges for exhibiting the critical elements of innovation and technical excellence expressed with a keen understanding of the combined social, economic and environmental context that is changing the approach to the built environment today. 

The R50 000 prize money offered is a significant contribution towards further career development. 

Figure 1: Vedhant Maharaj is the winner of the 2015 Architectural Student of the Year Awards.  His winning architectural thesis is entitled Yantra, Infrastructures of the Sacred and Profane and is a water purification infrastructure.

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