Maguire, Robert (17 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 17: Detailed description of proposed design for three-generation vernacular, modern house for RM and AWM in the Scottish Borders at Ettrick Bridge. Description of dealing with local planning office and definition of 'vernacular'; agreeing to alter horizontal to vertical windows. Opinion about planning officers. Plagiarism of RM's King's School Canterbury launching 'conservation style'. Objection to Architectural Review labelling RM, Peter Aldington and Edward Cullinan as 'Romantic Pragmatists'. Description of editing Church Building magazine: mentions John Catt, campaign against terrible church furnishings, RM's pseudonyms for the Letters page. Learning to be diplomatic: story of specifying comb joints for shelves. Description of former and current dealings between building trades and architects over building specifications; comments on increasing regulation for architects. Relationships with engineers: story of designing roof for St Joseph's church at Northolt with friend by telephone. Current engineers used by M and Co; remarks about engineers' levels of competence required.

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