The New School Archives Digital Collections

Related people/organizations

Jamie Drake (depicts)
Joel E. Towers (depicts)
Wendy Scheir (depicts)
New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (was created by)
Parsons School of Design (was created by)
Parsons School of Design. Office of the Dean (was created by)


September 20 2013


Parsons Institutional Collections



MLA Citation:

Audio interview with James Drake. September 20 2013. Parsons School of Design Dean's Office Oral History Project. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 21 Jul 2019

Description TRANSCRIPT

In this audio recording, interior designer and Parsons School of Design alumnus James (Jamie) Drake is interviewed by Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons, and Wendy Scheir, director of the New School Archives and Special Collections. Drake discusses his upbringing in Connecticut and education at Choate-Rosemary Hall, as well as his application process to design school. He describes in detail his Foundation Year at Parsons, his immersion in 1970s New York City nightlife, the founding of his interior design firm at twenty-one years old, and his eventual success and widespread recognition as a designer. Drakes elaborates on his relationships with a number of fellow Parsons alumni and faculty, as well as the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the design community.