Ando Program


The Ando Program has come to an end in 2020. There are no plans to reopen the project.
You can read the memorial book created in 2020 down below.

FY 2019 Program Report

FY 2019 Program Report

The 8 trainees who arrived in Osaka on October 2 completed the 29-day training program and returned to their countries on October 30.
This year, the trainees had a chance to visit more structures designed by Mr. Tadao Ando than previous years, including Ando Gallery and Chapel on Mt Rokko in Kobe City.

About the Ando Fund

The Carlsberg Architectural Prize was established by Carlsberg Co. in Denmark to recognize architects who have contributed to the development of architecture all over the world. Mr. Tadao Ando,
a world-class architect from Osaka, was awarded the prize in May, 1992 as the first recipient.

Mr. Ando, with his deep interest in the internationalization of Osaka, donated all of the prize money (30 million yen) to the Osaka Prefectural Government, hoping that this money would help to foster cultural exchange activities between Osaka and other countries. OFIX received his donation through the prefectural government.

In accordance with the wish of Mr. Ando, OFIX established the "Osaka Invitational Program for Short Term Overseas Trainees in Architecture and Arts (Ando Program)" in memory of Tadao Ando winning the Carlsberg Architectural Prize. This program is designed to invite students and young professionals in the field of architecture and arts from countries and regions in Asia, with a view to fostering a better understanding of Japanese culture as well as contributing to the development of architecture and arts in their home countries.

Furthermore, Mr. Tadao Ando, after winning the Kyoto Prize in November 2002, generously donated another 10 million yen from his prize money to OFIX. Together with donations from companies and sponsors who support the objectives of the Ando Program, OFIX utilized his donations to further develop and improve the activities of the program. With this, we were able to invite a total 241 excellent students and young professionals aiming to become architects from 19 countries and regions to the program.


Nationality Chart

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Ando Program

Reports of the past programs and trainees' reports are available.

Past Programs/Invitations

Commemoration Book

Year Days Training Period Schedule Report
2019 29 October 2–October 30, 2019 2019 schedule 2019 report
2018 29 September 27–October 25, 2018 2018 schedule 2018 report
2017 28 September 22–October 19, 2017 2017 schedule 2017 report
2016 28 September 23–October 20, 2016 2016 schedule 2016 report
2015 29 September 25-October 23, 2015 2015 schedule 2015 report
2014 30 September 25-October 24, 2014 2014 schedule 2014 report
2013 28 September 26-October 23, 2013 2013 schedule 2013 report
2012 28 September 19-October 16, 2012 2012 schedule 2012 report
2011 29 September 20-October 19, 2011 2011 schedule 2011 report
2010 30 September 14-October 13, 2010 2010 schedule 2010 report

Click HERE for the past programs prior to 2009


Osaka Foundation of International Exchange, Planning and Promotion Group