Maguire, Robert (5 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives
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Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)
Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)
Part 5: Continues experience of RC education. Joseph Rykwert's AA RC student group: details. Mentions Gordon Brown, appreciation of Robert Furneaux Jordan [RFJ]. Description of Rykwert. Comments on RM's reawakened faith; mentions Father Michael Hollins of St Patrick's Soho. RM wrote own brief rather than following AA church design brief: details. Comments on failing instead of usual ME mark. Irony of Enrico de Pierro's comment about RM's design. RM's reaction to failure; appeal to RFJ. Description of 'manifesto' design. Description of circumstances of meeting Keith Murray through girlfriend Prue; mentions Jeremy Benson, [Oxford and Cambridge] Boat Race, being a good RC so no sex. Discovering that KM was chief designer at Watts & Co, church furnishers, and involved in church reform. KM had trained as silversmith at the Central School. Comments on RM's decision to move out of parental home, to silversmith Michael Murray's [MM] house, sharing room with KM. MM a RC, good modern design for churches. RM lived there during last year at AA. MM's training with Dunstan Pruden, part of Eric Gill's community at Ditchling. RM's interest in Gill's ideas; reasons for rejecting them. RM interested in Arts and Crafts Movement ideas. RM's drawings for MM's and KM's competition entry for new Royal Foundation of St Katherine's at Wapping: background. Altar carved by KM's friend Ralph Beyer [RB]; other work by RB for RM. MM's tester. Success. Story of meeting Gresham Kirkby, who had funds from War Damage Commission to build church at Bow, persuaded by KM to hire RM to build despite youth and inexperience. RM's breakdown and therapy: details. Friends' traumatic war time experiences: mentions Paul Hamilton, left wing ideals, pacifism. Decision to register as conscientious objector.