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AJ building editor's sculpture show

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Sculpture show by former AJ buildings editor Robert Maguire runs for two more days in Edinburgh gallery

A showcase of abstract sculpture by distinguished architect Robert Maguire, based on the geometry of intersecting 3-dimensional orthogonal systems is showing at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh until 25 July.

Intersections and Balances explores the boundaries between architecture and fine art, investigating how sculpture encapsulates space and encourages aesthetic examination of structure, form and visual balance. Featured works include Shared Space (Terracotta) and Intersection (white through blue) created from laminated oak with carefully selected colouring to compliment the relationship between the structural components.

Born in 1931 in London, Maguire was educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (1948-53) and achieved international recognition with his first major building, St Paul’s Church in the East End of London, which was listed Grade II* in 1988.The building was recenlty named the UK’s best modern church (AJ 07.11.13).

His architectural partnership Robert Maguire & Keith Murray (later Maguire & Co) centred on schools, university buildings and churches. From 1976 to 1985 Maguire was Head of the Oxford School of Architecture while remaining in practice.

Between 1955-59, Maguire was AJ’s buildings editor, after a stint as assistant technical editor. Maguire’s impact on the magazine was significant – he introduced criticism to building studies, which until then had been the preserve of sister title The Architectural Review.

He told AJ: ‘We did a long building critique every week, and I had eight excellent contributor critics, whose appalling English I had to paraphrase each week.’

Maguire also designed AJ editor Colin Boyne’s house, which, says Maguire: ‘Boyne and his wife built with their own hands.’

Maguire retired in 2003 after 47 years as a principal in practice, and now lives in the Scottish Borders.

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