2018 Trainees

A call was made for the 2018 Ando Program Trainees (Guidelines and Application Form below) and 8 trainees were selected from the 51 applicants from 11 countries.

Trainees from 7 countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Malaysia) will participate in a training in Japan from September 27 to October 25.

Please see the schedule below for details.


2018 Application Information

Application GuidelinesApplication Form

2017 Program Outcome 

The 8 trainees who arrived in Osaka on September 22 completed the 28-day training program and returned to their countries on October 19. This year, they visited the “Tsunami/Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Station” as a part of the Osaka Prefectural Government training and found out about the importance of disaster preparedness by observing disaster prevention measures in Osaka.

*2017 Trainees
A call was made for the 2017 Ando Program trainees (Guidelines and Application Form below) and among the 47 applicants from 11 countries, 8 trainees from 7 countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines) were selected and invited.
Application Guidelines   Application Form

*Program Reports on the Official OFIX Facebook Page
Details of the program were reported on the Official OFIX Facebook from September 19 to November 10. The series had 9 posts including reports contributed by trainees.
Click here→ https://www.facebook.com/osakafoundation

*Osaka Prefectural Government Training
Please see the Osaka Prefectural Government website for the details of the Osaka Prefectural Government training (September 25 and 26)
Click here→ http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/kanko/andokikin/kensyu29.html (*Japanese Only)

*Newspaper Publications
The courtesy visits to the Vice-Governor of Osaka Prefecture (September 25) and to Mr. Tadao Ando (October 13) were featured in the newspapers as follows. (*Japanese Only)
  ◆Courtesy Visit to the Vice-Governor of Osaka Prefecture
   ・Kensetsu Shimbun (October 2nd issue)
  ◆Courtesy Visit to Mr. Tadao Ando
   ・The Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun (October 18th issue)

*Program Photos
Courtesy Visit to Mr. Tadao Ando
Courtesy Visit to Mr. Tadao Ando
At Kansai International Airport
At Kansai International Airport
Naoshima Tour(Benesse House Museum)
Naoshima Tour
(Benesse House Museum)
Architecture Workshop at Kindai University
Architecture Workshop
at Kindai University
Kyoto Study Tour (Entsu-ji)
Kyoto Study Tour (Entsu-ji)

*Click here for the 2016 Program Outcome
*Click here for the 2015 Program Outcome

Past Trainees

◆ Report from Ishika Alim new

After the Ando Program

Ishika Alim_01

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.

Ishika Alim_02

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)
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)