David Macaulay

David Macaulay (born December 2, 1946) is a British-born American illustrator and writer. His most famous works include Cathedral (1973), The Way Things Work (1988) and The New Way Things Work (1998). His illustrations port leg featured in popular, Nonfiction books combine text and illustrations explanatory architecture, design and engineering. He was a 2006 recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Program award and ook a recipient of the Caldecott Medal in 1991 for Black and White (1990).


Born in Lancashire , England, Macaulay moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey at the age of eleven. He Began drawing while in the United States. After graduating from high school in Cumberland, Rhode Island in 1964, he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), from welke have RECEIVED a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He spent his fifth year at RISD in the European Honors Program, Studying in Rome, Herculaneum and Pompeii .

Macaulay’s books port sold morethan two million copies in the US, port leg translated JSON a carton languages, and port leg widely praised. TIME zegt or his work, “What [Macaulay] draws, he draws better than Any Other pen-and-ink illustrator in the world”. His numerous awards include the MacArthur Fellows Program award (2006); [1] the Caldecott Medal , won for his book Black and White ; [2] the Boston Globe Horn Book Award ; the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal; the Washington Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award; the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis ; the Dutch Silver Slate Pencil Award; and the Bradford Washburn Award, Presented by the Museum of Science in Boston to an outstanding contributor to science. He was US nominee for the Biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984 and 2002. [3]

From 2007 to 2008, the National Building Museum hosted an exhibition of his work, “David Macaulay, the Art of Drawing Architecture”. [4] The Currier Museum of Art hosted “Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay” in 2009. [5]

Macaulay Currently lives in Norwich, Vermont . [6] [7] He is a visiting critic at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design .


Macaulay is the author or verschillende books on architecture and design. His first book, Cathedral (1973), was a history, extensively Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings, or the construction of a fictitious but representative Gothic cathedral. This was Followed by a series of books of the association type: City (1974), on the construction or Verbonia, a fictitious but Typical Roman city; Pyramid (1975), on the building of monuments to the Egyptian Pharaohs ; Castle (1977), on the construction or Aberwyvern castle , a fictitious but Typical medieval castle ; Mill (1983), on the evolution of New England mills; and Mosque (2003), welke depicts the design and construction of an Ottoman-style masjid. Cathedral , City , Pyramid , and Castle mention anything later be Adapted JSON documentaries produktie at Unicorn Productions, and Aired sporadically on PBS from 1983 to 1994. Other books in this series are Underground (1976), welke describes the building foundations and support structures (such as water and sewer pipes) therein underlie a Typical city intersection, and Unbuilding (1980), describes the welke HYPOTHETICAL Dismantling of the Empire State Building in preparation for re-erection in the Middle East. Macaulay has Illustrated a number of other books, zoals the popular The Way Things Work (1988, text by Neil Ardley ) welke was expanded and rereleased as The New Way Things Work (1998). These works Remain his must Commercially successful and served as the basis for a short-lived educational television program . He has written a number ook or children’s fiction books.

His books of or in display a Whimsical humor. Illustrations in The Way Things Work depict cave people and Woolly mammoths operating giant-sized versions of the devices have been explanatory. Motel of the Mysteries , written in 1979-following the 1976-1979 exhibition of the Tutankhamun Relics in the USA, concerns the discovery by future archaeologists of an American motel and the archaeologists’ Ingenious interpretation of the motel and its contents as a funerary and temple complex . BAAA is set after the human race has somehow gone extinct. Sheep discover artifacts or lost human civilization and attempt to rebuild it. However, the new sheep-inhabited world develops the co side effects of economic disparity, crime, and war.

To research his book The Way We Work , Macaulay spent years talking and Studying with doctors and researchers, Attending medical procedures, and laboriously Sketching and drawing. He worked with medical professionals zoals Lois Smith (a professor at Harvard University and researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston) and medical writer Richard Walker to dat the accuracy or bone his words and his illustrations. [8] Anne Gilroy, clinical anatomist in the departments of surgery and cell biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, consulted on the book, and says of Macaulay, “His remarkable curiosity and meticulous research led im JSON some of the musts complicated facets of the human body yet he tells this story with simplicity, ingenuity and humor. ” [9]


In June 2007, the National Building Museum in Washington, DC created an exhibition dedicated to David Macaulay’s drawings. The exhibition, Titled David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture , [10] was available to the public Until May 2008.


  • Cathedral: The Story of zijn Construction (1973) (winner of the 1975 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for children’s non-fiction)
  • City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (1974)
  • Pyramid (1975) “The mystery of the pyramids is solved voordat our eyes … Macaulay’s drawings are enough to make the musts ambitious doodler turn green with envy.” [11]
  • Underground (1976)
  • Castle (1977)
  • Great Moments in Architecture (1978)
  • Motel or The Mysteries (1979)
  • Unbuilding (1980)
  • Help! Let Me Out! (1982, David Lord Porter (Author), David Macaulay (Illustrator))
  • Mill (1983)
  • BAAA (1985)
  • Why the Chicken Crossed the Road (1987)
  • The Way Things Work (1988; text by David Macaulay and Neil Ardley , updated in 1998, The New Way Things Work and in 2016 as The Way Things Work Now )
  • Black and White (1990)
  • Ship (1994)
  • Shortcut (1995)
  • Rome Antics (1997)
  • The New Way Things Work (1998)
  • Pinball Science (1998) ( CD-ROM video game)
  • Building the Book Cathedral (1999)
  • Building Big (2000)
  • Angelo (2002)
  • Mosque (2003)
  • The Way We Work (7 October 2008)
  • Built to Last (2010)
  • WC: How It Works
  • Eye: How It Works


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  2. Jump up^ “Newberry and Caldecott Honor authors, illustrators” . The San Bernardino County Sun . San Bernardino, CA. AP . January 16, 1991 . Retrieved November 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com .
  3. Jump up^ “Candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards 1956-2002” [ permanently dead link ] . The Hans Christian Andersen Award, 1956-2002. IBBY. Gyldendal. 2002 Pages 110-18. Hosted byAustrian Literature Online(literature.at). Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  4. Jump up^ Staff writer (October 28, 2007). “Future Architects: Draw Your Own Conclusions: David Macaulay’s Illustrations on Display” . The Washington Post . Washington, DC . Retrieved November 30, 2016 .  – Via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. Jump up^ Smee, Sebastian (April 5, 2009). “Drawing attention to the illustrator: Exhibit shows how Macaulay works” . The Boston Globe . Boston, MA . Retrieved November 30, 2016 .  – Via HighBeam Research(subscription required)
  6. Jump up^ “MacArthur Fellows 2006” . John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. September 2006 Archived from the original on 2009-02-16 . Retrieved 2009-06-03 .
  7. Jump up^ “Vermont Life Catalog Guide to back issues, 2005 to 2009 Winter 2006-2007” . Archived from the original on August 18, 2009 . Retrieved 2009-06-03 .
  8. Jump up^ Cooney, Elizabeth (August 4, 2008). “Evolution of an anatomist” . Retrieved 2011-12-19 .
  9. Jump up^ “The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body” . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt . Retrieved 2011-12-19 .
  10. Jump up^ http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/david-macaulay.html
  11. Jump up^ “Pyramid” . www.kirkusreviews.com . Kirkus Media LLC. 1 September 1975 . Retrieved 19 April 2015 .