2017 Trainees

A call was made for the 2017 Ando Program Trainees (Guidelines and Application Form below) and 8 trainees were selected from the 47 applicants from 11 countries.
Trainees from 7 countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, Philippines and Vietnam ) will participate in a training in Japan from September 22 to October 19.
Please see the schedule below for details.

2017 Application Information
Application Guidelines      Application Form

2016 Program Outcome

The 8 trainees who arrived in Osaka on September 23 completed the 28-day training and returned to their countries on October 20.
A discussion section with Osaka Prefectural Government staff about landscape policy through traditional architecture and historical townscape was newly introduced this year. The trainees were able to deepen their understanding on Japanese architecture and arts through the exchange of opinions and discussions.

*2016 Trainees
A call was made for the 2016 Ando Program trainees (Guidelines and Application Form below) and 8 trainees from 8 countries (India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines and Vietnam) were selected and then 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 21 to October 31. The series had 11 posts including the 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 training by Osaka Prefectural Government (September 26 and 27)
Click here→ http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/kanko/andokikin/kensyu28.html (*Japanese Only)

*Newspaper Publications
The courtesy visits to the Vice-Governor of Osaka Prefecture (September 26) and to Mr. Tadao Ando (October 14) were featured in the newspapers as follows. (*Japanese Only)
  ◆Courtesy Visit to the Vice-Governor of Osaka Prefecture
   ・Kensetsu Shimbun (September 29th issue)
  ◆Courtesy Visit to Mr. Tadao Ando
   ・Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun (October 18th issue)
   ・Kensetsu Shimbun (October 20th issue)

*Program Photos
大阪府研修ディスカッション Architecture Workshop at Kindai University
Architecture Workshop at
Kindai University
Kyoto Study Tour
Kyoto Study Tour
Awaji Yumebutai Tour
Awaji Yumebutai Tour
Courtesy Visit to
Mr. Tadao Ando
Courtesy Visit to Mr. Tadao Ando

*Trainee's Report
  ◆ 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

*Click here for the 2015 Program Outcome

Past Trainees

  ◆Lele Dawa Jeanne Elisabeth ( Indonesia, 2014 Trainee )
Upon Completing the Osaka Invitational Program for Short-Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts
It has been two years since I participated the Ando Program in  2014. I still clearly remember the experiences while I was in Japan for a month. The program was a great experience where I learned a lot of things and made many new friends.

Through the host company training, I was introduced to traditional Japanese architecture and construction techniques during the visits to old temples such as Todai-ji and Horyu-ji in Nara, and Kinkaju-ji

and Kyomizu-dera in Kyoto. On the other hand, for a better understanding of contemporary design and construction, I was taken to Abeno Harukas, Umeda Sky Building, the National Museum of Art, Namba Parks and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
Having previously only seen his buildings in books or articles, it was amazing for me to experience the ambience of the structures that Ando Sensei designed. However, my most cherished experience of all would be the personal encounter with Ando Sensei himself. I would have never imagined this encounter. I have always admired him since I was in the university. His works and thoughts are the inspiration for my own design. He has taught me that culture and people are vital aspects in architecture.

Currently, I am still working in the same architectural office that I was with before participating the Ando Program, and working on hospitality projects, such as villas, resorts and hotels. The knowledge I have gained from the Ando program has helped me tackle my current assignment of supervising a resort project which located in Morotai Island, the most northern island in Indonesia. The project itself involves adapting the sustainable architecture and wood material which I learned a lot about from the program. I can now make better suggestions for the construction process and the materials to be used.

Lastly, my personal abilities have improved drastically through the Ando Program. It has not only provided me with more insight whilst also teaching me to integrate a greater range of perspective when working on my ideas at work, but also has made me want to learn more about architectural preservation and its relation to the current environment.

◆Shyanaka Dananjaya
(Sri Lanka, 2012 Trainee) Please see here for the article.