Architectural illustrator David Macaulay and Richard H. Driehaus, the philanthropist and preservationist, were feted last night with Soane Foundation Honors. These awards recognize individuals who carry on the legacy of Sir John Soane, a visionary British architect who practiced in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Macaulay, who was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 2006, is best known for his children’s books including Cathedral, Building Big, and The Way Things Work. He has also hosted PBS television series based these books. Macaulay teaches illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his degree in 1969.
Driehaus, who made his fortune as a mutual fund manager, underwrites the annual $100,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. He also supports the restoration of cultural landmarks, including the Ransom Cable House and Nickerson Mansion in Chicago, and funds numerous scholarships and philanthropic programs.
Soane Foundation Honors are sponsored by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. Proceeds from last night’s gala will help fund the restoration of No.14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a building adjacent to the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. The museum itself occupies Soane’s house, which has been preserved as-is since the architect died in 1833. The renovation of No. 14 will provide additional offices and research space.