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
*Application information for the 2018 Ando Program will be available from April 2018 on this website

Past Trainees

  ◆ 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)
Upon Completing the Osaka Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts (Ando Program)

 It has already been two months since I came back to Shanghai from Osaka. Although my personal life and work have gradually got back into normal routines, I feel that there have been some changes in my perception and way of thinking, which are deeply influenced by my everyday living in Osaka. Having learnt from my host company training at Takenaka Corporation, I have started to pay more attention towards all aspects of the management and the development of the whole cycle of operation at our company, Shanghai Construction Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd.

 EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) and PPP (Public-Private Partnership) projects, which have been developed for decades in Japan, are being newly introduced in China. Therefore, we are required to develop better skills to manage the whole projects and perfect detailed designs. In the near future, I believe that Takenaka Corporation can be a good reference for our company.

 I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to share my experiences and impressions in Japan with my colleagues, when I participated in the "Panda Village" meeting, a special platform to exchange ideas between workers in my company. I shared my strong impressions upon visiting Mr. Ando's works, humble, friendly yet persistent mentality of Japanese people, and the way to fully utilize all kinds of resources available. Most of the participants, who were young designers, showed admiration towards the spirits of Japanese designers on the pursuit of details. While they asked many various questions, it was also interesting to see the conflicting views and opinions between them.

 Now every time I am doing designs, I try to make my heart calm to imagine the space and user's feelings. I hope that one day I can design a building which can touch the heart of people like Mr. Ando's works.

"Panda Village" meeting "Panda Village" activity Work Space

 ◆ Lele Dawa Jeanne Elisabeth (Indonesia, 2014 Trainee) Please see here for the article.
 ◆ Shyanaka Dananjaya (Sri Lanka, 2012 Trainee) Please see here for the article.