Maguire, Robert (12 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 12: Continues description of the influence of RM's existential therapy on his approach to architectural design and its social contexts. Detailed description of sociological research undertaken by Surrey University for M and M student residence [Stag Hill Court] and its findings about low morale of students. M and M's design an 'existential programme for student housing'; layout described; effect on student sociability and student housing architecture. Anecdote about lack of vandalism at Stag Hill Court. Comments on Essex student housing lifts by Architects Co-Partnership who tutored RM at the AA. Discussion topics in existential therapy and consulting room; frequency of sessions. Comments on architects and therapy; not talking about therapy in public unlike now. Description of RM's 1971 RIBA talk in 'Architects' Approach to Architecture' series presenting his existential approach citing the example of Stag Hill ; mentions Arhends, Burton and Koralek also gave talk. Anecdote about RM's 'cocky' personality as a student; reflects on luck, the benefits of therapy and on Fabyc experience.

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