Dr. Saleh Al-Hathloul is a Saudi Arabian educator and a critic in the field of architecture, with interests in the epistemology of knowledge, structural changes in society, and futurist studies. He received a master's degree in urban design from Harvard University (1975), and a Ph.D. in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981). He was an assistant professor and chair of the department of architecture at King Saud University in Riyadh from 1981 to 1984, and chairman of the board of Al-Umran (the Saudi Arabian Society for Architects and Planners) from its inception in 1989 until 1993. Dr. Al-Hathloul served as a jury member of the Award of the Organisation of Arab Cities for the past three cycles. He is the author of numerous books and articles on planning and architecture, of which The Arab Muslim City (1994) is the best known. Since 1984, Dr. Al-Hathloul has been the deputy minister for town planning, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the responsibility of directing and supervising all national, regional, and local planning in the Kingdom.