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Maguire, Robert (14 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    0:29:50

  • Shelf mark

    C467/79

  • Subjects

    Architecture

  • Recording date

    2004

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 14: Description of setting up M and M partnership; reasons for creating subsequent M and Co explained. Description of changed circumstances for current young architects who want to start own practice using example of step-son Edward Williams [EW] director [at Michael Hopkins]; architectural procurement procedures explained. Speculates on media hype in architecture; dominance of major firms such as Richard Rogers, Michael Hopkins, Foster Associates, Terry Farrell and effect on young talented architects' career paths. Possible reasons why EW became an architect. Description of RM's relationship to daughters and their professions. Lists M and M premises; decision to buy and convert property in Richmond; applying for a mortgage at Mercantile Credit; part of KM and RM's pension; story of opening the Thame offices. Length of mortgage; comments on naivety about financial matters; accountant a friend. Only investment RM understands is property so had to learn about company shareholdings etc.

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