Vedhant Maharaj

Founding Director, Rebel Base Collective and Junior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg

Vedhant Maharaj is a Next Generation Ambassador of the Holcim Foundation, Founding Director of Rebel Base Collective and a Junior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Last updated: May 13, 2022 Johannesburg, South Africa

Rebel Base Collective is an interdisciplinary, collaborative design and making collective. The practice is strongly rooted in architecture and spatial innovation across all scales and conceptual understandings. The firm’s work includes animation, graphic design, furniture making, manufacturing and research.

Vedhant Maharaj holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture (honors) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

He won a Holcim Awards Next Generation prize in 2017 for Sacred and Profane in India. The research project, located on the edge of the Ganga River in Varanasi imagined a new typology of water purification infrastructure that transcends mere utility.

He was a Student Poster Competition winner at the 5th Holcim Forum 2016 on Infrastructure Space held in Detroit, USA and attended the 6th Holcim Forum 2019 on Re-materializing Construction held in Cairo, Egypt.

Vedhant Maharaj presented the project at the Holcim Awards Lab 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.