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​RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentships

About the Studentship

The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is awarded to an individual who wishes to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in the field of Architecture.

The studentship is funded by the LKE Ozolins Fund, created from a bequest to RIBA from Mrs Hoda Ozolins in memory of her late husband, Latvian architect, and lecturer Laimons Knud Eugen Ozolins, which also finances an annual lecture.

RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship 2024

We are now welcoming applications for the 2024 RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship.

Applicants must be pursuing, or have been offered a place to pursue, a PhD degree in a UK higher education institution that offers undergraduate professional qualifications in architecture validated by the RIBA (RIBA Part 1, 2, or 3). In this instance, the delivery of research training is more important than the subject to be studied, so the applicant should show why they want to pursue this topic and its long-term beneficial impact to architecture and to society.

In case of two equally good candidates, preference will be given to RIBA Members.

The studentship will be worth £19,237 for a student registered on a course outside London and £21,237 for a student registered on a course in London for each year of the duration of study, subject to satisfactory completion of each year to a maximum of three years. Please note that the studentship does not provide a separate award to cover course fees.


Please read the guidance notes (PDF) in full before submitting your online application. These guidance notes contain important details about the information you need to provide in the online form.

Access the online application form

You will need to follow the instructions to register for an account first, and then select the ‘RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship 2024’ form to begin your application for this fund. You will receive an automatic email notification upon submission of your application.

The deadline for applications is 3pm (BST) Friday 31 May 2024. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

If you have any issues completing the online application form, please email

The assessment of applications will be made by the RIBA Research Development Group in July 2024. Applicants will be notified of results by the end of July 2024.

Previous recipients


Judit Ferencz (PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

The Graphic Novel as an Interdisciplinary Conservation Method in Architectural Heritage

This thesis develops an entirely new critical methodology for conservation and architectural heritage practices, through the medium of the graphic novel.

Abstract of thesis (PDF)


Judit Ferencz PhD thesis box


Helen Stratford (PhD at the University of Sheffield)

Performative Architectures


Ross Exo Adams (PhD at the London Consortium)

To Fill the Earth: Circulation and Urbanization


Henrik Schoenfeldt (PhD at the University of Cambridge)

Transformation of the Horticultural Glasshouse Prototype for Human Habitation


Anne Katrin Hultzsch (PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)

An Archaeology of Perception: Verbal Descriptions of Architecture in Travel Writings

Kim Trogal (PhD at the University of Sheffield)

Caring for Space: Ethical Agencies in Contemporary Spatial Practice


Doreen Bernath (PhD at the Architectural Association)

China and Pictorial Introjection


Gwyn Lloyd-Jones (PhD at the University of Westminster)

Frank Lloyd Wright Beyond America


Ines Geisler (PhD at the Architectural Association)

The Disappearance of the Everyday: Postscript and Prospect of the Cultural Transformation of East Germany since 1989


Christine Wall (PhD at the University of Cambridge)

Industrialisation and Skill: The Social Context for Innovation in Post-War British Architecture

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