Our lives are shaped and evolved by the spaces and places in which we live, work and play. This is a fundamental truth. We live in an ever-changing transformation of our existence within architecture. Is it not also true that the essential mission of architecture is the obligation to create an earthly paradise which inspires our daily lives and ennobles the lives of others? His Highness the Aga Khan, through his global architectural advocacy and sponsorship of numerous enduring projects, has reminded us to be thankful for the beauty of the universe around us. He emphasizes our responsibility to be good stewards of the earth and to make the world a better and more beautiful place. Is this not the ultimate vision of stewardship?