Maguire, Robert (8 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 8: Post war history of the AA: mentions Michael Patrick; invitation from Bill Allan to teach (1961); funding crisis when AA failed to become part of a university under Alvin Bayasky and his achievements as principal, transforming the AA from mainstream movement socialist agenda to avant-garde. Comments on training and abilities of AA students. Criteria for employing staff at Maguire and Murray; at Maguire and Co staff mostly from Oxford Brookes University. Office atmosphere in comparison to academic life. Skills and qualities staff; deducing practical skills. Description of analysing students' architectural schemes. Comments on female architects; clients' response to female architects; description of current excellent female architect. Substantial comments on design consistency in M and Co depending on internal communication and collaboration. Comments on current importance of marketing and publicity in generating commissions was due to Thatcherism. Benefits of the RIBA fee scale and its impact on commissions.

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