American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah

Varkki Pallathucheril

Dr. Varkki Pallathucheril

Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design

Varkki Pallathucheril has been a member of faculty in the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) since 2007. He primarily teaches courses in the Master of Urban Planning program. In September 2014, he was appointed Interim Dean, responsible for maintaining and building on CAAD's record of excellence in design and creative endeavors.

Dr. Pallathucheril has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He has two graduate degrees-the Master of City and Regional Planning and the PhD in City and Regional Planning-from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining AUS, he was for many years a member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, he served in several administrative capacities: Director of the East St. Louis Action Research Project, and Director of Design + Digital Rehearsal Studio.

Dr. Pallathucheril's scholarly activities revolve around urban design and computer and information technology applications in urban planning. His research, in collaboration with others, has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense and various local government agencies. He has published extensively his work on planning support systems.

In the UAE, he has collaborated on preparing a structure plan for the rural areas of Ras al Khaimah and delivering professional development courses to officials in local government agencies. His students have studied various aspects of urbanism and urban planning in the UAE. His former doctoral students hold tenured faculty positions in prestigious urban planning programs in North America. 

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