Applications for the Karla Roman Travel Bursary are now open

Applications for a travel bursary for architects, in memory of our colleague, Karla Roman, are now open.

Applications are now open for the annual travel bursary named in memory of Karla Roman – a talented architect who was tragically killed while cycling to work in London in February 2017. The bursary is aimed at architecture students looking to broaden their experiences through travel.

Any UK-based architecture student is eligible to apply for the bursary £2,500, which will be awarded to the applicant who can demonstrate the greatest need for financial assistance with their travel requirements.

Applicants should describe their circumstances and how they would benefit from the bursary. Applicants are also encouraged to consider their carbon emissions from the travel and the benefits for nature and people.

In its inaugural year in 2019, the bursary financially supported two architecture students to pursue travel opportunities in connection with their studies.

The bursary enabled recipient and Bath University student Eleanor Hyde, 20, to travel solo to Japan, and Farid Abdulla, 40, studying for his Part II at the Manchester School of Architecture, spent a semester at Italy’s largest technical university, Politecnico di Milano.  Opportunities that would not have otherwise been an option for them.

In 2020 LOM awarded a Karla Roman Travel Bursary to architectural student Andreea Ciutac, who is now working as a Part II architectural assistant. Her trip was delayed due to the pandemic, but in autumn 2022 Andreea was finally able to realise her dream of travelling along Europe’s Iron Curtain from Berlin to Bucharest.  The trip built on Andreea’s university studies, particularly her Masters research which looked at the history of Berlin as a divided city.

The successful applicant for 2023 will be invited to give Karla’s colleagues at LOM a short presentation outlining how their studies and associated travel have benefited from the bursary. LOM would like to hear from applicants for the 2023 bursary by Monday 12thDecember 2022.

LOM would like to thank Karla’s former partner for his generous donation to the bursary.

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