Background information

The Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession (SASAP) has been established because of a generous bequest by the late Stephen Ashton and his family, as well as from his friends, colleagues and acquaintances in his memory, the Ashton Nixon Bequest (ashtonnixonbequest.com). Steve died in 2016 as a result of mesothelioma. 

The Ashton Nixon Bequest is administered by Australian Philanthropic Services (APS) as a Public Ancillary Fund.  The Bequest supports the Steve Ashton Scholarship for the Architectural Profession as well as medical research and the environment.

Steve contributed to the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of as a former Chapter President, an Honorary Life Member (Steve was a Life Fellow) and an AIA Gold Medal Recipient (2016).  In addition, Steve’s practice ARM Architecture have won a record six Victorian Architecture Medals. 

Steve believed that completion of a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration at Swinburne University played a significant role in the success of Ashton Raggatt McDougall, the practice which he founded in 1988 with Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall, and which became ARM Architecture. The practice now employs over 80 people and boasts a most impressive body of work, including the National Museum of Australia, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sumner Theatre, Perth Arena, Geelong Library as well as alterations to Storey Hall (RMIT University), Hamer Hall and the Shrine of Remembrance.  

Purpose of the Scholarship

Given Steve’s strong belief in the importance of business education to the creation of successful architectural practices, 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 type of professional development supported will not be confined to the acquisition of business skills: other professional skill areas such as leadership training may be considered, as long as the course provider has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR Item 1) status and the skills are relevant to the enhancement of the profession.

Awarding of the Scholarship

The SASAP will be awarded according to the criteria and guidelines set out in the Application document, available online at this site. 

In 2019 it is envisaged that approximately $30,000 will be available for the Scholarship, awarded as one (or more) scholarships, depending upon the number and quality of the applications received.

This is at the discretion of the Ashton Nixon Bequest Advisory Committee, which comprises family members and external industry experts.