About us

Round City is dedicated to (un)covering stories about the built environment – from architecture to design to construction. Whether showcasing developing projects or unknown talents, the online publication hopes to spread awareness of these growing industries, while sharing knowledge and insight, and contributing to topical debates that address spatial design and experience. 

Round City is an international publication that maintains a special focus on the Near East and North Africa regions, and it is published by Tamayouz Excellence Award, an architecture awards programme, that also organises design conferences and workshops.

While in-house writers produce most of the content on Round City, the magazine does welcome story submissions. Please go to ‘Submit Story’ to send your idea to the team and someone will be in touch. 


Ahmed Al-Mallak

Co-Founder and Director

Ahmed is an architecture and design academic at Coventry University in the UK and the founding director of Tamayouz Excellence Award, an international architecture awards programme that champions architects and architectural projects across the world. A trained architect, Ahmed has long been dedicated to supporting and promoting excellence in fields related to the built environment.

Rima Alsammarae

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Rima is an architecture journalist and editor and the project manager for Tamayouz Excellence Award. Based out of Dubai, UAE, she has covered architecture, design, art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa since 2010. In 2019, she received an award for her story on Dr Rifat Chadirji, a prolific Iraqi architect, which was originally published on Middle East Architect.

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