David Macaulay

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David Macaulay

David Macaulay (born December 2, 1946 in Burton-upon-Trent , Staffordshire , England ) is an American architect , art historian and graphic artist . He became known through numerous children's books in which he explained historical topics graphically.


In 1957, his parents moved to the United States, where he grew up in Bloomfield , New Jersey . He soon began drawing there.

He began training at the Rhode Island School of Design , where he received a bachelor's degree in architecture. This was followed by five years of study in a funding program, which he spent in Rome , Herculaneum and Pompeii .

For a short time he then worked as an interior designer and high school teacher, and began writing and illustrating books. 1973 his first book appeared Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (dt. They built a cathedral ), in which he clearly the genesis of medieval cathedrals described. The books about the emergence of Roman cities, the pyramids and the building of medieval castles followed the same principle . He continued the series intermittently with books on a New England mill and mosque .

Macaulay had been fascinated by technical issues since his early youth and with the 1983 book Underground he explained to children how technology works under a large city and in 1988 in The Way Things Work , how the world of machines works. For this book he received the Science Writing Award of the American Institute of Physics in 1990 . In his latest work he graphically "explains" the human anatomy .

His books have been translated into twelve languages. Cathedral , City , Pyramid and Castle have been adapted for television and it has won a number of awards, including the German Youth Literature Prize .

A retrospective of his work was first shown in 2004 at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge , Mass., And the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers . In 2007/08, the American Society of Civil Engineers' exhibition The Art of Drawing Architecture was dedicated to him at the National Building Museum in Washington , DC .

David Macaulay teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives with his family in Norwich , Vermont .

In 2005 he was a MacArthur Fellow .



  • Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction. 1973. German: They built a cathedral. Translation Monika Schoeller. dtv, Munich 1985, ISBN 3-423-79500-X .
  • City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction. 1974. German: A city according to plan. This is how the ancient Romans built . Translation of Cornelius Hartz . NA-Verlag, Oppenheim am Rhein 2019, ISBN 978-3-96176-087-9 .
  • Pyramid. 1975. German: Where the pyramids are. Translation by Peter Suter. dtv, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-423-79501-8 .
  • Underground. 1976. German: Under a city. dtv, Munich, 1977, ISBN 3-423-07903-7 .
  • Castle. 1977. German: There was once a castle. Translation of Elisabeth Schnack. dtv, Munich 1986, ISBN 3-423-79503-4 .
  • Great Moments in Architecture. 1978. German: Highlights of Architecture. Artemis, Zurich, Munich 1978, ISBN 3-7608-8057-6 .
  • Motel of the Mysteries. 1979. German: Motel of the Mysteries. Translation of Cornelius Hartz. NA-Verlag, Mainz 2018, ISBN 978-3-96176-038-1 .
  • Unbuilding. 1980. German: The dismantling or: The inglorious end of the Empire State Building. Maulwurf, Remchingen 1992, ISBN 3-929007-10-X .
  • Mill. Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY 1983, ISBN 0-395-34830-7 .
  • Baaa. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1985, ISBN 0-395-38948-8 .
  • Why the Chicken Crossed the Road. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1987, ISBN 0-395-44241-9 .
  • The Way Things Work. 1988. German: The thick mammoth book of technology. Tessloff, Nuremberg 2002, ISBN 3-7886-9915-9 .
  • Black and White. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1990, ISBN 0-395-52151-3 .
  • Ship. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1993, ISBN 0-395-52439-3 .
  • Shortcut. 1995. German: The abbreviation. Petra Albers in Romanian. Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 2002, ISBN 3-8067-4244-8 .
  • Rome Antics. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1997, ISBN 0-395-82279-3 .
  • New Way Things Work. 1998. German: The new mammoth book of technology. Tessloff, Nuremberg 1999, ISBN 3-7886-0134-5 .
  • Building big. 2000. German: David Macaulay's great book of construction technology. Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 2002, ISBN 3-8067-4962-0 .
  • Angelo. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 2002, ISBN 0-618-16826-5 .
  • Mosque. 2003. German: They built a mosque. Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 2004, ISBN 3-8067-5065-3 .
  • The Way We Work. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 2008, ISBN 978-0-618-23378-6 .

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  1. a b c MacArthur Fellows 2006. ( February 16, 2009 memento on the Internet Archive ), John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation website