Staff at LOM Architecture and Design have spoken of their grief following the death of architectural assistant Karla Roman, who died cycling to work on Monday
The ‘highly talented’ 32-year-old was knocked down in a collision with a coach in Whitechapel on her way to the firm’s office in Shoreditch.
She was taken to the nearby Royal London hospital but died from her injuries.
Roman, who was born in Brazil and qualified as an architect in Italy, was the second cyclist to die on the capital’s roads in 24 hours and the latest of a number of members of the architectural profession to lose their lives in cycling accidents in recent years.
In 2015 client and design champion Moira Gemmill was killed when she was hit by a lorry cycling near Lambeth Bridge. In 2013 admired former secretary of the Royal Fine Art Commission Francis Golding died in a cycle accident; and in 2009 Rebecca Goossen of Metropolitan Workshop was crushed by a lorry at Old Street roundabout.
Richard Hutchinson, director of LOM Architecture and Design, said: ‘We are all devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague Karla Roman. Karla was a highly talented designer who had worked with LOM for two years on projects in the UK, Malta, the Middle East and Africa. She was a vibrant and positive person who brought warmth and creativity to everything she did. Our thoughts are with Karla’s family and [her boyfriend] Bart and friends in London, Italy and Brazil.
Karla was a talented architect, a beautiful young woman and a very warm person
He added: ’Karla was a talented architect, a beautiful young woman and a very warm person. She rapidly became a key member of our team and had commenced on a promising career. She joined LOM in March 2015 and worked creatively and diligently until her tragic accident.
‘She was a real asset to the studio, bringing as she did, a wide range of skills, positivity, warmth and creativity to whatever she did. Karla worked on 13 projects, notably a music academy in Hackney, a private house in Hampstead, a brain injury rehabilitation centre in Surrey [pictured below] and a community school in Ghana.’
‘We have already received heartfelt condolences from clients she has been working closely with over recent weeks. We all miss her and we are thinking of her family, here in London, in Italy and back in Brazil. We extend our sincere condolences to her family and will support them as best we can.’
Karla had completed her professional exams in Italy and was studying for her Part 3 qualification at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
A fundraising site has been set up to help her family with the costs of returning Roman’s body to Brazil.
Peter Murray, founding member of the Construction Industry Cycling Commission (CICC) and chair of New London Architecture
‘I am often appalled by the lack of up-front thinking on cycling and walking issues when I look at new plans for parts of London. This should be embedded in thinking about local environments as well as individual buildings.
‘The CICC CPD talks will look at the benefits of cycling and walking strategies and the detailed design required to effectively deliver them. All practices in London should sign up for this CPD talk.
To book the one hour CPD talk contact firstname.lastname@example.org