As the first and only architecture program in Macau, the USJ curriculum adheres to international standards while remaining relevant to our specific location in the world. Grounded on a concern for sustainability and energy efficiency, the curriculum addresses four primary themes: high-density housing; heritage management and conservation; experimental material fabrication; and the spectacular iconography of resort and casino architecture. Of course, none of these themes are treated uncritically. Our task is not to replicate the existing situation, but to speculate on alternatives, to project other futures for Macau, one of the most exciting and unique urban environments in the world today. Architectural design is based first and foremost on generosity. To design generously means that an architect should always attempt to increase options, open possibilities, acknowledge diversity, and enfranchise the broadest constituency. While celebrating individuality, the architect must also encourage collectivity, providing spaces and symbols that encourage social coherence. The task of the architect is to understand the multiple demands – legal, economic, cultural, climatic – placed on any project and then synthesize them into a result that is functionally successful, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally responsible. The USJ architecture program emphasizes ethics as well as expertise, requiring students to constantly evaluate the consequences of their work on the built environment and the natural world. Our graduates are good designers, but also good citizens, possessing the requisite skill and vision to contribute to the future shape of the city in which they live, for the benefit of all its citizens.