Applications for the 2020 Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession are now open

The purpose of the SASAP is to enable qualified architects to gain skills which will aid their professional development, enhancing the practice of architecture in Victoria.

The amount awarded this year will be approximately $30,000, awarded as one (or more) scholarships at the discretion of the Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory Committee. The amount awarded may not completely cover the costs of the proposed study program of the successful applicant(s), depending on the cost of the proposed course.  If the course duration is for more than one year, funding for multiple years will be considered.

See who is eligible and how to apply.

Applications due by midnight Sunday 20 September, 2020 (for study in 2021).


The 2019 Steve Ashton Scholarship was awarded to Mr Emilio Fuscaldo, architect. Emilio will study a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration at RMIT in 2020.

Emilio is currently working as a Senior Architect at Clarke Hopkins Clarke.

Previous Scholarships

The first SASAP was awarded to Amelia Borg of Sibling Nation in 2017 who has undertaken an MBA at the University of Melbourne.

The Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory Committee has decided to award Amelia with the SASAP again in 2018 for the second year of her course.

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“This unique and generous program has provided me the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the complex and multi-tiered nature of running a modern architecture business. Through my study I have gained a strong foundation of knowledge across all facets of business and the economy at large, and I have grown very much as a person.

I have been pleased to apply this knowledge directly to our growing architecture practice in real time. The Melbourne Business School MBA has enhanced my understanding of the contexts and aspirations of many of our clients who work in highly competitive and challenging business conditions.

The intensity and pressure of this study has forced me to develop my skills of analysis and acumen, it has challenged my comfort zone, and delivered new challenges to be met on a weekly basis.” – Amelia Borg

Stephen Ashton (1954 – 2016)

Dearly beloved son of Jean Cameron Ashton (nee Millar) and (John Roy) Stuart Ashton (dec).

Much loved older brother of Meredith Watson.

Loving husband and soulmate of Rosemary Nixon.

Proud and adored father of Louisa and Kate.

Loved and admired son-in-law of John and Barbara Nixon (both dec).

Cherished brother-in-law of Ginny Nixon, James Nixon and Hugh Watson.

Steve had remarkable vision and the talent to see it realised, through leadership, co-operation and creativity. He was an architect and a founder of Ashton Raggatt McDougall, later ARM Architecture. Steve, together with Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall, was awarded the AIA Gold Medal this year. Steve competed in car rallies over 40 years and was involved in motorsport governance for 20 years, being honoured as a Life Member of CAMS.

Steve was exposed to asbestos brake pads in the 70s and died of mesothelioma. Steve and Ro have established a philanthropic bequest to support architecture, medical research and environmental causes.

The family acknowledges with gratitude the exceptional care of A/Prof Thomas John, with Prof Lindsay Grayson and Dr Rosana Hage-Ali. Thanks to all the staff of Warringal Private Hospital, particularly Sutherland Ward and Day Oncology.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held in late August. For details, see later paper or email or