Maguire, Robert (11 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 11: Description of events leading up to RM's decision to leave the community: effect of KG's death on the community; RM's marriage breakdown. Comments on Faybc House rules limiting involvement with the local community using example of Kew Traffic Action Committee (with KM) against the redirection of the South Circular Road. RM's first wife, Robina, Architects Journal editors' secretary, her background, class, education, parents. Maguire and Murray family units at Faybc; meals, children's playroom. Description of the psychological effects on children brought in the Faybc community; example of daughter Susan's recent encounter with Faybc peer. Story of involvement with South Weston church, becoming part of charismatic group formed round the interested in spiritual healing; discovering that AWM had spiritual ministry. Detailed account of AWM healing RM when he had heart attack; general practitioner's reaction to RM's description of attack and recovery. Continues story of prayer ministry; mentions Friday Congregation scandal; discredited spiritual healing led to regulation by psychotherapy and counselling bodies, so AWM decided to train as 'proper' counsellor' but can no longer pray in the same way, but uses person-centred therapy. Remarks about rigour of AWM's training. RM's breakdown [at AA] symptoms described. Begins description of the importance of existential psychotherapy on RM's approach to design in contrast to the empty phrases of architectural theory; mentions New Church's Research Group.

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