About Us

Fairfax & Sammons Architecture, with studios in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida, is known for its bespoke classical design, garnering awards for its work on new and renovated residences, hotels, and neighbourhoods. Projects span the globe, including the United States, England, Israel, Russia, and Hong Kong. The studio includes talented architects and designers who share the creative vision established by the principals over 25 years ago. They are interested in a wide scope of projects, from small to large, and their clients range from “bohemians to billionaires.”

Principals Richard Sammons and Anne Fairfax, partners in business and life, have been instrumental in furthering traditional architecture and innovation in the design world.

Richard Sammons, the chief designer, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of architectural proportion having taught at The Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London, Pratt Institute in New York, and The University of Notre Dame in Rome. He is also founding director of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. Anne Fairfax, managing director, was educated at the University of Virginia and Oxford University in architecture and sustainable urban design. She is an appointed member of the Kellogg College, Oxford University Sustainable Urban Development Advisory Board.

How would you describe your style?

"Our fluency in the vocabulary of tradition allows us to design with freedom in all vernacular languages. While some designers limit themselves to one style or look, our approach is to enable the site, the house, the client, and the spirit of the place to guide us."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"This recently completed project on Chilean Avenue embedded in Palm Beach, Florida, called for the creative restoration of a Spanish Colonial Revival style house. Originally built in 1928, the two-story building is a stucco balloon frame attributed to the architect John Volk. Many interior spaces were gloomy and bore no relation to the original house. New rooms and architectural features were designed to be in the spirit of the old. Quality and authenticity of materials and craftsmanship were of paramount importance, not just to us, but to our clients who are designers and collectors. Our clients wanted to preserve original elements that remained, respectfully create new in character with the old, and incorporate their collection of modern furnishings, materials, and artwork in a distinct but appropriate way. They were highly involved throughout the design process, and the beautiful result is a house uniquely suited to them."