Cathryn Drake


Professional Experience

Cathryn Drake is a freelance writer and editor. Formerly copy chief of design magazine Metropolis, she edits publications for Yale School of Architecture as well as for book publishers, cultural institutions, curators, and academics. She is especially adept at tightening prose and polishing translations for more vivid, clear, concise, grammatical, and graceful texts. A correspondent for Artforum since 2004, she has also contributed to e-flux Criticism, Frieze, Men’s Vogue, BBC, NPR, Time, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, among others. She has written essays for many exhibition catalogs, including “Present Perfect: Meme and Memory,” for the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. She also curated the exhibition “The Presence of Absence, or the Catastrophe Theory,” shown at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC), in Cyprus, in 2018, and at Izolyatsia, in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2016.


22 Years
8 Years
15 Years


Arts & Humanities
24 Years
4 Years
14 Years


Book publishing - all
25 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
16 Years
Independent Feature Film
2 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

28 Years

Other Work History

1999–Present EDITOR, Yale University School of Architecture. 2000–2008 COPY CHIEF, Metropolis Magazine, New York. 1995–2000 EDITOR, Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1993–1995 ASSOCIATE EDITOR, Rizzoli International Publications, New York. 1992–1993 COPY EDITOR, Diversion, Hearst Magazines, New York. 1991–1992 MANAGING EDITOR, Four Walls Eight Windows, New York. 1988–1991 PUBLICITY DIRECTOR, Ann Arbor Film Festival. 1985–1986 RESEARCH EDITOR, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Center for Political Studies. 1980–1984 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT, US Congressman Timothy Wirth, Washington, DC.

Foreign Language Skills

Italian, Greek


Contemporary Art

Culture & Travel

Architecture & Design

Art Exhibition Essays

Art & Society

News & Opinion