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Robert Maguire and Keith Murray by Gerald Adler, RIBA 2012

St. Pauls Bow Common and
Stag Hill student housing

The Royal Institute of British Architects has just published the latest in its series of books on Twentieth Century Architects.
Others include Ove Arup, Chamberlin Powell & Bonn, and Ryder & Yates.

The blurb on the back cover goes

Robert Maguire was still a student at the Architectural Association ..... when he designed his first church. A committed Christian and enthusiast for contemporary design, he was a leading figure in the liturgical reform movement ..
His design for St Paul, Bow Common was the first such church to be built in Britain,and was followed by a remarkable series of churches and other religious buildings in England in the 1960s and 1970s designed together with the silversmith and designer Keith Murray.

They completely rethought the design of churches, and went on to reinvent the typology of both school buildings and student accommodation. Bow Common Primary School revolutionised open plan layouts, and Stag Hill Court student houses for the University of Surrey set new standards in communal living with its finely judged mix of privacy and community.


Cumberbatch Quad, Oxford

Worcester College, Oxford

The work of Maguire and Murray features on this website in
The Christian Approach to Architecture, originally written as a theory dissertation at the University of Sheffield in 1975.

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