The Art of Drawing Architecture


David Macaulay’s celebrated 30-year career as an illustrator of architecture and other engineering systems is now on display at the National Building Museum in The Art of Drawing Architecture, an exhibition sponsored by the ASCE, SOM, Dale Chihuly, et al. Although best know for his The Way Things Work, Macaulay has published an impressive number of other books, many of them featured in the exhibit. From conceptual sketches and models through finished drawings, examples from Mosque, Cathedral, Castle, Mill, Underground, Rome Antics, Building Big, Unbuilding, and Great Moments in Architecture are represented.

Also on display are works from the more whimsical Motel of the Mysteries. Macaulay’s sense of humor and his ability to render complex engineering concepts is a hallmark of his skill. In an industry now dominated by CAD, he continues to produce all his work with pencil, ink, and wash.

A more thorough biography including a list of his publications and awards is available in PDF format.

Before opening to the public today, NBM members were treated to an appearance on Saturday by Macaulay in an event dubbed The Big Draw, with a reception afterwards. The exhibit runs through January 21, 2008.

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