Maguire, Robert (7 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 7: Comments about integrity in architecture. Current good modernist architects: Richard Rogers, Great Court [at the British Museum], Michael Hopkins; remarks about young architects and the future of modernism. Remarks about Jeremy Dixon's restaurant at the NPG and Oxford college. Comments on idealism; mentions Peter Matthews. Reflects on luck of attending AA when architectural history was part of the syllabus taught by Rudolph Wittkower, John Summerson and RFJ. Comments on current evidence of architects' lack of historical knowledge. Remarks about neo-classicist [Quinlan Terry]. Integrity of architectural systems learnt at AA. RFJ's philosophy of historical change described. Further comments on modernism and post-modernism; mentions Charles Jencks. Description of the differences between principles and style; mentions JM Richards, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Villa Savoye, Richard Rogers. Social life as an AA student: mentions Andrew Derbyshire, John Volker, beards, Last Supper, politics, Bill Howell. Comments on grounded idealism of AA under RFJ; mentions Roehampton development by Bill Howell for LCC, Henry Swain and Hertfordshire Schools which revolutionised school building. AA financing crisis when lost post war funding, and decision to become a private school: details and effect on subsequent character of AA. Comments on the AA re-writing of its history and failure to mention importance of RFJ phase. Substantial comments on J Rykwert: his personality, influence on RM, self-mythologising. Anecdote about RM storing JR's library in his room.

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