In 1972 McCarthy, who was born in 1943, became not only the youngest member to be elected to the RIBA Council, but also its youngest vice president.
In the late 60s McCarthy was a driving force behind the newly formed Salaried Architects Group (SAG) which campaigned to modernise the RIBA.
According to fellow SAG founder, Sam Webb, ‘Maurice was an extraordinary character’.
‘He modernised the RIBA and was one of the first, if not the first, to recognise the threat that the newly constitutionalised ARB was to the RIBA,’ said Webb.
McCarthy was also responsible for revising the RIBA Code to include an obligation on an architect to consider the interests of the user client and public.
His funeral is this Thursday (28th February), at Amersham Crematorium.