China – Beijing
Kelley Cheng is a modern day polymath who has immersed herself in the roles of editor, writer, curator, spatial designer, graphic designer, video director, interactive designer, and educator. Trained as an architect, she is the founder and creative director of design studio The Press Room, a publishing and design consultancy that designs everything from books, brands, exhibitions, documentaries, and even stage and film set design. From F&B businesses to an art gallery, her “creations” are diverse and unpredictable. An active educator, she has served as adjunct lecturer in Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Glasgow School of Art Singapore and is a visiting Professor at the Hangzhou Academy of Art, China. Currently she serves as the External Examiner for the Master of Architecture course at the National University of Singapore, and is a senior lecturer at LaSalle College of the Arts. Kelley is a frequent name in international design judging panels including Red Dot Awards, Nagoya-Do!, Design for Asia Award, Creative Circle Award, James Dyson Award, and was celebrated as one of 2009 Great Women of Our Time and one of the 50 Most Inspirational Women 2010 in Singapore. In 2019, the National Design Centre presented her 20-year retrospective exhibition “Proportion & Emotion: 20 years in Design with Kelley Cheng”. In 2021 she was conferred the SkillsFuture Fellowship for her achievements in the industry, and the President’s Design Award “Designer of the Year 2020”, both presented by the President of Singapore.