Dr. Saleh Al- Hathloul is a Saudi Arabian educator and a critic in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning with interests in the epistemology of knowledge, the general issues of structural changes in society, and futurist studies; has an MAUD from Harvard University, 1975 and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Environmental Studies from MIT, 1981. He was chairman of the Department of Architecture at King Saud University, Riyadh between 1981and 1984; chairman of the board of Al-UMRAN (Saudi Society for Architects and Planners) since its inception in 1989 till 1993; and a member in the boards of directors for several Government Organizations, i.e. Arriyadh Development Authority, Makkah Development Authority, Hail Development Authority and the Royal Commission for Al- Jubail& Yanbu.
He was the Deputy Minister for Town Planning, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia from March 1984 to August 2004, with the responsibilities of directing and supervising the entire spatial planning process at national, regional, and local levels in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Al- Hathloul was a member of the jury for the Organization of Arab Cities` Award; a member of the 1998 Award Master jury, the AgaKhan Award for Architecture; a visiting professor at the Ecole National d` Urbanisme, University du 7 November, Carthage, Tunis Intermittently between 1998 to 2002. He is the author of 2 books and more than 50 articles in the field of planning and architecture, well-known among these is his book, `` The Arab Muslim City``,(1996).
Dr. AlHathloul works as a consultant on National and Regional Development Strategies, chairman of the Board, S.Alhathloul Dev. Co., teaches at the school of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University, Riyadh; and advisor to Arriyadh Development Authority .