The University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary institute in Hong Kong. The Department of Architecture was founded in 1950 and is uniquely situated at the crossroads of Chinese heritage and global influence. The University undertakes education and research through a multi-disciplinary curriculum emphasising technology, history and culture, leading to an expertise in the field of managing environmental, social, and aesthetic challenges in designing for a contemporary milieu. The Department operates a Shanghai Study Centre in Shanghai, which it uses as a base for further research into the Chinese urban environment. Through international exchanges, research trips and community workshops, the Department’s research programmes offer a unique opportunity to study the conditions of the contemporary city in the dense and active region of southern China.