2018 Program Outcome new 

The 8 trainees who arrived in Osaka on September 27 completed the 29-day training program and returned to their countries on October 25.
This year, the trainees had a chance to visit more structures designed by Ando Sensei than previous years, including Lee Ufan Museum in Naoshima, Himeji City Museum of Literature and Children’s Museum, Hyogo.

*2018 Trainees

A call was made for the 2018 Ando Program trainees (Application Guidelines and Form below) and among the 51 applicants from 11 countries, 8 trainees from 7 countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam)

Application Guidelines   Application Form

*Program Reports on the Official OFIX Facebook Page

Details of the program were reported on the OFIX’s Facebook from September 28 to November 25. The series has 13 posts including reports contributed by trainees.

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*Osaka Prefectural Government Training

Please see the Osaka Prefectural Government website for the details of the Osaka Prefectural Government training (September 28 and October 1)
Click here → http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/kanko/andokikin/kensyu30.html(*Japanese Only)

*Newspaper Publications

The Closing Ceremony (October 24), and the courtesy visit to Mr. Tadao Ando (October 19) were featured in the newspapers as follows;

  ◆Closing Ceremony
  ・Kensetsu Shimbun(November 1 issue)
  ◆Closing Ceremony and the courtesy visit to Mr. Ando
  ・Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun(October 29 issue)

*This year’s Trainee

Participating in the Ando Program as a trainee

By Made Harris Kuncara 〈2018 trainee from Indonesia〉

It is so hard to leave behind all the memories I made during the Ando Program. I am so grateful for the abundant kindness and effort from all of the people who have been involved in this program that I want to express my appreciation to them deeply.

Visiting Ando Sensei’s building was an awesome experience and meeting the architect himself was an exceptional opportunity. It made me remember how architecture can stimulate people into realizing the importance of living along with nature and not against it. Beyond all of that, I always think about Ando Sensei’s comments regarding the awareness and respect to the background and history of the site and surroundings of a building.

Now I am continuing Popo Danes’ office projects in Indonesian provinces of Bali and Papua, as well as the Philippines. Thanks to the Ando Program and the training opportunity at Daiwa House Industry, I learned the Japanese way of thinking towards their work, which I found to be really helpful. I have learned that focusing on work is absolutely essential and that constant innovation in every detail must be done in order to achieve an excellent quality of work.

Thanks to this program, I have realized that I still need to learn a lot for my lack of knowledge and skills. To pursue the understanding of architecture, I would like to keep on studying it and improve myself overseas.

Currently, I am preparing my application for masters study in the United States or Europe. With a scholarship from Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, hopefully I can continue my studies in 2019. In the far future, with all of my experiences, I hope to more actively contribute to Indonesia’s building environment.

*Program Photos
Himeji Tour
Himeji Tour
Kyoto Study tour(Shisendo)
Kyoto Study tour (Shisendo)
Naoshim Tour
(Benesse House Museum)

Naoshim Tour(Benesse House Museum)
Naoshima Tour(Lee Ufan Museum)
Naoshima Tour
(Lee Ufan Museum)
Architecture Workshop at Kindai University
Architecture Workshop at Kindai University
A visit to Nipponbashi’s House
A visit to
Nipponbashi’s House

*Click here for the 2017 Program Outcome
*Click here for the 2016 Program Outcome
*Application information for the 2018 Ando Program will be available from April 2019 on this website.

Past Trainees

◆ Report from Ishika Alim

After the Ando Program

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The Ando Program in Japan is one of my greatest experiences in terms of professional and personal growth. And the greatest gift I received was the prestigious opportunity to meet Ando sensei himself who had an immerse impact in my design perception.

From my time with Osaka Prefecture Government staff, Gunter Nitschke and Ando sensei, I’ve learnt to be compassionate to people and nature.

I also came to understand the importance of thinking and acting collectively over individualism.

Besides, the training at Obayashi Corporation surprised me by giving me an idea of how to handle the complex projects and their amazing precision level. I was also amazed by the Japanese work ethic and culture. This experience was so enriching that I went back to Japan the next year to participate in a workshop to absorb more of the amazing Japanese design philosophy.

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Community project for the street kids, Dhaka

After going back to my home country from Osaka, I participated in a community project for the street kids in Dhaka city using vernacular materials. Furthermore, as a freelancing architect, now I am more focused in designing positive impacts, like Ando sensei does with his projects, rather than just designing buildings.

Lastly, the one-month experience in Japan made me more cross culturally adaptive and helped me establish some real good bonds beyond the border which I will sustain forever. I hope the simple yet elegant Japanese design philosophy and the multi-cultural experience that I gained through Ando Program will prepare me well to start my masters course in Europe with enthusiasm and interest.

I would like to thank everyone, for treating us like your family. I will always keep coming back to this amazing land.

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Attending Nelza’s wedding in Jakarta.

  ◆ Ashlon Lionel Frank (India, 2017 Trainee)
Upon Completing the Osaka Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts (Ando Program)

Although it has been over 5 months since I came back from Osaka, the experience of the Ando Program is still fresh in my mind. I am sure it will be one of the most important experiences in my life.

Excited and alarmed at first, the Ando Program was an architectural pilgrimage where we visited both the traditional and contemporary architecture of Japan. The gap between studying buildings through

books, versus visiting and experiencing the spaces never felt as prominent to me before.

For us trainees, meeting Mr. Ando was like being a kid in the candy store for the first time. The words and lessons that we took back home from the master were very powerful. It was truly inspiring to hear him share his world views and the awareness with which he approached his work. He told us about the importance of architects being able to engage with the world at any level, whether it be politics, economics, art, history or even architecture.

Training at Takenaka Corporation was a rewarding experience, which gave me first-hand experience and a better understanding of the management of large scale projects and teams. It also helped me better understand the reasons behind the differences in the work culture between India and Japan.

After my return to India, my time at Takenaka Corporation made me very keen on experiencing the work culture of another country. Now I have moved to Kuwait, working in a young, small multi-cultural office. Our projects are varied typologies; installations, temporary pavilions, residences, residential towers and commercial projects.


The Ando Program has made me very curious to see more of the world and its people, culture and architecture. Most importantly, I was fortunate to meet and befriend a lot of wonderful people. It’s those memories with them I will cherish forever.

◆ Apil. K. C (Nepal, 2013 Trainee)
◆ Zhang Yingyi (China, 2016 Trainee)
◆ Lele Dawa Jeanne Elisabeth (Indonesia, 2014 Trainee)
◆ Shyanaka Dananjaya (Sri Lanka, 2012 Trainee)