Born in Malaysia and raised in Canada, Adele started living out of a suitcase shortly after she caught the writing bug, sealing her fate as a global nomad-cum-pen for hire.
Since 2002, her byline has appeared in a variety of online and offline publications, including inhabitat.com, Eastern Times, Parachute, Esquire Malaysia, Blueprint Asia, Architecture Asia, Habitus, Interior Design, Design+Architecture, Expression/ American Express, Colours/ Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Surface US, Surface Asia, Dwell Asia, DestinAsian, Baccarat Malaysia, Office Concept, Hospitality + Retail and Design Anthology.
Under the umbrella, Adele Chong Projects, Adele has freelanced as a copywriter in various capacities for clients such as the Malaysian Institute of Architects, KSK Land, PDI Interior Design, Interface, Rimbun Dahan and E&O.
The former media and publications manager for the Malaysian Institute of Architects, Adele also helped bring about events such as the 2010 editions of the Kuala Lumpur Design Forum and the Datum:KL architecture conference.
An erstwhile artist, Adele is the holder of not one, but two fine arts degrees. In 2006 – just as she was bracing herself for a life of waiting tables and laminating Johnny Depp posters – the timely arrival of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship led her to pursue her MA in Communications, Media and Cultural Studies at University of London’s Institute of Education and Aarhus University in Denmark. Eventful traineeships at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture followed, igniting a lasting interest in people, design and storytelling.
When she isn’t hunched over her laptop, Adele is either making tracks as a runner or searching for the perfect Americano.
She lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.