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

  ◆ 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)
Upon Completing the Osaka Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts (Ando Program)
 It was 7 in the evening. You don’t expect to receive a call from the university at that time, but I still remember the voice and words saying “you are selected for the 2013 Ando Program!” That evening has changed everything about my understanding of architecture and boosted my confidence and dedication in the profession. Attending the one-month Ando Program is something that I feel very proud of.

 I still remember Prof. Guenter Nitschke, the director of the Institute of East Asian Architecture and Urbanism, delivering his lecture in the Discussion Program, regarding science, art and spirituality. I must mention how kind Prof. Nitschke has been as my GURU still to date. What I learned from Ando Sensei is that architecture is the expression of space, light and nature guided through the reflection of essential human nature and culture of society. Also, site visits accompanied by the exchange of knowledge and culture with other colleageus and teachers have greatly widened my indulgence of architecture and people.

 After returning to Nepal, I was awared a research grant for four months in Europe and then graduated with a master’s degree from a university in Nepal. After my graduation, I was engaged in a government hospital design and other planning activities for the government. I was also entrusted with the design of a convention hall in the western part of Nepal, which is currently in the process of construction.

 Since the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake struck in Nepal in 2015, everything has changed in Nepal regarding architecture and cities. As an executitve member of the Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA) and university lecturer, I have been advocating for good architecture and better cities for years.

 As a planner, I have been engaged in many national level city planning projects, setting of national reconstruction guidelines and evaluation of recontruction projects among others. At present, I have an architecture and planning consulting firm, where I individually work as planning consultant on other projects as well.

 Since 2016 December I have been engaged full-time as a planning consultant for a JICA project in Nepal, which is involved in disaster relief. Concurrently, I am also working for a World Bank funded government planning project in the lower belt of Nepal.

 With all this involvement in many institutions and groups, I trace back my attitude, conviction and learning to the one-month stay of the Ando Program. As I learned from Ando-sensei, I always seek to look for the passion that will inspire others to create a better future.

◆ Zhang Yingyi (China, 2016 Trainee)
◆ Lele Dawa Jeanne Elisabeth (Indonesia, 2014 Trainee)
◆ Shyanaka Dananjaya (Sri Lanka, 2012 Trainee)