Maguire, Robert (18 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 18: Description of Nigel Rose [NR], quantity surveyor with the Ministry of Education working on cost analysis and cost control for architects while RM editor at AJ; buildings data in the AJ. NR set up own practice; RM's continued use of cost control and programming and its success. NR's team for M and M headed up by Peter Gittings [PG] who continues to work for M and Co. Comments on current cost control practices. Description of effect of (Thatcher) Conservative government changes on building practice and quantity surveying; reasons why RM always recommends PG. RM's forecast about the future of architectural profession. Comments on the creativity of working within constraints of cost analysis and planning. Description of split jury over award of the RIBA London bronze medal for Bow Common Church awarded to Denys Lasdun's [DL] St James' Court; mentions Malcolm McKewan; feelings about not winning. Meeting DL later who agreed RM should have won. Description of Gresham Kirkby, vicar of Bow Common Church and his political radicalism. Organising RM's archive; details. Example of the importance of archives using example of current work on G E Street pulpit. Effect of heart attack and cancer on RM's feelings about mortality; religious struggles. Problem of getting travel insurance after the age of 70. Story about feeling older: arthritis. Having to give up sailing.

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