2019 Program Application Information

OFIX is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Program. Please see Application Guidelines and Schedule below for further information.
Interested applicants may complete and send their Application Forms and other required documents to OFIX by post by Monday May 13. Additionally, please email the Application Forms to OFIX by the deadline.募集終了
Contact Information: Andoprogram*ofix.or.jp (Please change * into @)

Application Guidelines    Schedule    Application Form

2018 Program Outcome  

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
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Past Trainees

◆ Divya Manek (India, 2018 Trainee) new
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I had been searching for the answer to the question “What makes Japan, Japan?” before I landed in the country. Through the Ando Program, I gradually realized that the answer is hard work, respect and consideration for everything.

The Ando Program passed by very quickly, but was very fulfilling. New experiences and surprises accompanied me throughout the month-long journey. After experiencing architecture by Ando sensei, I was awestruck when I was finally able to meet the mastermind. In the brief meeting with Ando sensei, he reminded us that we would all die someday, and so we must do something worthwhile and contribute to our homeland by making it a better place to live in. This made me feel optimistic that I am on the path to make a positive contribution to my country as an architect.

Current project in India: Senior living home near Kolkata

Current project in India:
Senior living home near Kolkata

Ando sensei, the God of light and spaces has developed a language of architecture which effortlessly introduces nature inherently into built spaces. I also have always been very intrigued at the power of the unbuilt environment to control human behaviour and reshape society and have thus decided to pursue a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Luckily I was accepted by Pennsylvania State University in the US and will start in this coming fall. My exposure to Japanese architecture and landscape will surely be instrumental to my future studies.

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Even though I no longer speak the few Japanese words that I had grown accustomed to listening and repeating in Japan, I could not help feeling proud and happy that Osaka won the bid for World Expo 2025, as if I was personally involved. Even though I am very far away, Osaka is still very close to my heart and will always be!

◆ 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.

Ishika Alim_01

Attending Nelza’s wedding in Jakarta.

◆ Ashlon Lionel Frank (India, 2017 Trainee)
◆ Apil. K. C (Nepal, 2013 Trainee)
◆ Zhang Yingyi (China, 2016 Trainee)
◆ Lele Dawa Jeanne Elisabeth (Indonesia, 2014 Trainee)
◆ Shyanaka Dananjaya (Sri Lanka, 2012 Trainee)