Established in 2017, the Bob D'Ottavi Scholarship is named after the late founder of Best Bricks & Pavers.
Bob D'Ottavi migrated to Adelaide from the Italian town of Ascoli Piceno in 1954. Bob loved Adelaide and became an Australian citizen in 1966. For the last 25 years of his life, Bob would visit Italy every summer, making sure to always return to his home town.
Ascoli Piceno (Asculum as it was) is a town in central Italy and was founded before Rome itself. For many years, it was under the reign of the Vatican and therefore was shrouded with wealth and eccentric architecture. Ascoli Piceno is known as the “City of Travertino” due to large deposits of Travertine in the surrounding area, which is featured in almost all the town’s architecture throughout its history.
Two wonderful cities which he loved were so completely different. Because of this, Best felt the contrast would be of interest to any student of architecture.
Each student is fully funded by Best to spend two weeks in the other city, studying the architecture and experiencing a different way of life. Read more here.
2017 Scholarship Winner
Melissa Bullen, Adelaide University, with Dom Ranaldo, General Manager, Sales | Marketing | Services, Best Bricks & Pavers
Read Melissa's journal here.