David Macaulay

David Macaulay ( born December 2, 1946 in Lancashire, England ) is an American architect, art historian and graphic designer. He was known by numerous children's books, in which he explains historical themes pictorially.


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

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

For a short time he subsequently worked as an interior designer and high-school teacher and began writing and illustrating books. In 1973 he published his first book, Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (Eng. They built a cathedral ), in which he vividly described the genesis of medieval cathedrals. Following the same principle appeared in the episode the books on the origins of Roman cities, the pyramids and the construction of medieval castles. The series he sat intermittently with the books continued over a mill in New England and a mosque.

The technical topics fascinated Macaulay since his early youth, and with the 1983 published book Underground he told children how the technology under a big city and 1988 in The Way Things Work, as the world of machines working. For this book, he received the 1990 Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics. In his latest work, " says " he graphically the anatomy of man.

His books have been translated into twelve languages. Cathedral, City, Pyramid and Castle have been adapted for television and he won a variety 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. 2007/ 08 he was at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC the exhibition The Art of Drawing Architecture of the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated.

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

2005 he was a MacArthur Fellow.



  • Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction. 1973rd German: they built a cathedral. Translation Monika Schoeller. dtv, Munich 1985, ISBN 3-423-79500- X.
  • City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction. 1974th German: A city like Rome. Translation Monika Schoeller. dtv, Munich, 1986, ISBN 3-423-79502-6.
  • Pyramid. 1975th German: where the pyramids are. Translation Peter Suter. dtv, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-423-79501-8.
  • Underground. 1976th German: Under a city. dtv, München, 1977. ISBN 3-423-07903-7.
  • Castle. 1977th German: There once stood a castle. Translation Elisabeth Schnack. dtv, Munich, 1986, ISBN 3-423-79503-4.
  • Great Moments in Architecture. 1978th ​​German: Highlights of architecture. Artemis, Zurich, Munich 1978, ISBN 3-7608-8057-6.
  • Motel of the Mysteries. 1979th German: Motel of the Mysteries. Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 2000, ISBN 3-8067-2507-1.
  • Unbuilding. 1980th German: The dismantling or: The inglorious end of the Empire State Building. Mole, 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. 1988th German: The thick mammoth book of the art. 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. 1995th German: The abbreviation. Translation Petra Albers. Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 2002, ISBN 3-8067-4244-8.
  • Rome Antics. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1997, ISBN 0-395-82279-3.
  • New Way Things Work. 1998th German: The New Mammoth Book of technology. Tessloff, Nuremberg 1999, ISBN 3-7886-0134-5.
  • Building Big. 2000th German: David Macaulay 's great book of civil engineering. Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 2002, ISBN 3-8067-4962-0.
  • Angelo. Houghton Mifflin, Boston 2002, ISBN 0-618-16826-5.
  • Mosque. 2003rd 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.