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I translate from Swedish to English for major art museums, universities, publishers, and architects. I specialize in art and architecture but work in many other fields as well. I have been translating and editing museum catalogs, doctoral theses, journal articles, architecture and design books, and websites for more than 25 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in English from the US, a Master of Architecture from Sweden, and have worked as a construction worker in Sweden and the US for 4 years and as an architect and planner in both countries for nearly 20 years. I have translated everything for Wingårdh Architects, Chalmers University School of Architecture, and Moderna Museet Malmö for several years. 


Art, architecture, urban planning, design, and building construction



25 years as a translator, 20 years as an architect, urban planner, and construction worker



BA in English, University of Michigan

Master of Architecture, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola



SDL Trados Studio 2019



Moderna Museet Malmö 

Malmö Art Museum

Gothenburg Museum of Art

ArkDes | Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design

Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde



Chalmers University School of Architecture

The University of Gothenburg

HDK | Academy of Design and Crafts 

Valand Academy


Book Publishers

Modern Churches in Sweden (Helena Lind and Lena From, Arena förlag, 2016)

Semrén + Månsson Log Book 2015 (Claes Caldenby et al., Balkong förlag, 2015)

Gothenburg Courthouse (Claes Cladenby and Caroline Losman, Arkitektur förlag, 2015)

Södra Ängby: Modernism, Architecture, Landscape (Andersson, Carlson förlag, 2015)

What Is Architecture? And 100 Other Questions (Rasmus Waern and Gert Wingårdh, King, 2015)

Aula: An Architectural History of the University Auditorium  (Rasmus Waern, Langenskiöld, 2013)

Tham & Videgård Architects (Tomas Lauri et al., Arvenius förlag, 2011)

Out of the Real: Tham & Videgård Architects (Johan Linton, Birkhäuser Architecture, 2011)

Ikea the Book (Staffan Bengtsson, Arvinius förlag, 2011)

The Complete Guide to Architecture in Stockholm (Olof Hultin, Arkitektur förlag, 2009)


Architecture Firms

Wingårdh Architects

Krook & Tjäder

“I have had the pleasure of hiring John Krause as a translator or editor of Swedish texts about architecture on many occasions. The result has always been excellent. Krause offers the rare combination of mastering both Swedish and English fluently while also knowing the professional terminology in the field of architecture, which is unusual. I have also had only the best experience of having translations delivered by him on time, and he is able to transform even challenging plays on words from Swedish into the English equivalent. It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend John Krause as a translator and editor.”

Claes Caldenby

Professor Emeritus

Chalmers University of Technology

“Having worked with John Krause on a great many book projects, design presentations, exhibitions, and articles, I want to enthusiastically recommend him as a translator from Swedish to English. Krause has not only delivered correctly, quickly, and reliably, he has understood the importance of a translator interpreting the author’s intentions, and he finds opportunities to give the English translation qualities that are more in line with those intentions than a literal rendering of the sentence would be. In his translation of my book about Gert Wingårdh’s architecture for Birkhäuser Verlag’s 2001 monograph, he interpreted my title diagonal attityd as oblique assault. That added an intrinsic value to the English version of the book.”


Rasmus Waern

Architect and architecture critic

Wingårdh Architects


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Chicago, IL  60657  USA

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