Maguire, Robert (9 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 9: Detailed description of the deleterious impact of the abolition of the RIBA fee scale by the Monopolies Commissions [MC] on the architectural profession. Example of the costs of entering competitions for M and Co. Comments on effect of the RIBA's actions on the profession of architecture. Reasons for M and Co continuing use of the RIBA's recommended fee scale; bidding for local authority schemes; example of current application for Oxford University staff club project; costings. Comments on competitors. Socialising difficult because of living in the country: mentions Twentieth Century Society; comments on benefits of networking and being on the RIBA Education Committee. Membership of Royal Society of Arts. KM's background as a silversmith and sculptor; meeting him when he was working with Michael Murray for the Royal Foundation of St Katherine's Chapel. Description of the beginnings of M and M partnership; comparison of similar practices of architect and non-architect Andy Macmillan with Izzy Metzstein at Gillespie Kidd and Coia, Peter Aldington and John Craig. Description of RM and KM's collaboration; KM's skills and historical knowledge; shared discussions about materials and space. KM's resentment about lack of recognition and ensuring strain on partnership. Decision to take up post as Head of Architecture at Oxford Polytechnic while continuing to practice at M and M; final break-up of M and M. Begins to comment on the effect of educational pressure on KM.

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