James “Jamie” Drake is an internationally recognized interior designer, best known for Mid-Century Modern style and bright colors. Drake interned with interior designer Angelo Donghia before graduating with a BFA and a certificate in environmental design from Parsons School of Design in 1978. Upon graduation he founded Drake Design Associates, now Drake + Anderson, an interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial interiors as well as product designs for manufacturers. Drake has been responsible for the renovation of Gracie Mansion, various rooms in City Hall, and other historic New York City buildings. He has designed rooms for the Spring Masters, DIFFA’s Dining by Design, Ronald McDonald House Long Island, and numerous Kips Bay show houses. He is a member of the International Interior Design Association, a fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers, a New York Community Trust board member, a Fashion Group International Inc. member, and sits on the Parsons Board of Governors. Drake holds an honorary doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design. He is also the Board Chair of Alpha Workshops, a non-profit providing interior design training and employment to HIV positive individuals.
Parsons School of Design Dean's Office Oral History Project