University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

19th Roland Batten Memorial Lecture: David Macaulay

“Illustrating Architecture from the Inside Out”

  “Illustrating Architecture from the Inside Out”

The 19th ANNUAL ROLAND BATTEN MEMORIAL LECTURE  on Architecture and Design will be presented by  DAVID MACAULAY  

Wednesday OCTOBER   24th at 5:30 P.M.  

University of Vermont Department of Art and Art History, 301 WILLIAMS HALL, 72 University Place, Burlington, VT

The lecture is sponsored by the Roland Batten Memorial Fund, Truex/Cullens and Partners Architects, and The University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History.

David Macaulay, noted artist and author,  MacArthur Fellowship and Caldecott Medal recipient, will be presenting the 19th annual Roland Batten Memorial lecture titled  “ILLUSTRATING ARCHITECTURE from the INSIDE OUT. “

 “I’ve never practiced architecture, but also, I’ve never stopped using it to see better and understand more clearly the world around me.” “Common sense and inquiry are my foundations, both of which are essential in stimulating creativity,” says David Macauley.

While architecture makes up a portion of the subjects MACAULAY tackles in his books, he credits the problem solving and design approached learned in his study of architecture as being the foundation of everything he does. 

 Macaulay’s early fascination with simple technology combined with a love of model making and drawing led him to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. After study in Rome and teaching he chose not to practice architecture but began to “tinker with the idea of making books.” This tinkering paid off as Macaulay is prolific writer/illustrator.  Among his best known and award winning books are “The Way Things Work,” “Eye, the way it works,“Castle, the way it works,”“Mosque,” “Rome Antics,” “The Amazing Brain,” “Black and White” and “Cathedral.”

 Macaulay’s richly illustrated and intellectually stimulating books have brought accolades from many corners, including the Boston Globe–Horn Book 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 has twice been the U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Please join David Macaulay as he shares his work, insights and fifty years of creative inquiry.

 The Roland Batten Fund and lecture series was founded in 1999 in memory of Shelburne based Architect and planning board member, Roland Batten. The RBA Fund was established to fund activities designed to enhance the role of architecture and design in our society.

Here is a link to a recent interview with David Macaulay published in Seven Days which gives some more insight into his work:



The events are free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture, please call the UVM Art Department at 802 656-2014 or

*Williams Halls is wheelchair accessible.