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Fairfax & Sammons is an internationally recognized firm of classical architects specializing in residential architectural design. We are committed to the tradition of architecture and firmly believe that classicism, be it expressed informally or formally, in the domestic realm offers creative solutions, both timeless and beautiful.

We are sought after by clients who share our goal to design buildings which look and feel as if they have always been there. We are knowledgeable historians to the extent that we respect and know history, but are not slaves to it.

The Place is important to us. The climate, the history, the building materials, the precedents of building culture, all form the building blocks which inform the design process. We do not build monuments to our own idiosyncratic vision.

Anne Fairfax & Richard Sammons

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Partners in business as well as in marriage, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons are founding partners of the firm, which today comprises thirty members. They are both members of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners (ICTP) an international professional body for practitioners in traditional architecture, under the auspices of his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. They are the recipients of numerous awards and their work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Country Life, Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Old House Journal, Period Homes, Traditional Building, and New Old House. Their monograph, American Houses: The Architecture of Fairfax & Sammons is published by Rizzoli International.

ANNE FAIRFAX has designed many new buildings in traditional styles, restored numerous historic houses in diverse locations as New York, Barbados, Virginia and Honolulu, the city where she spent her childhood and maintained an architectural practice before moving to New York in 1991. Ms. Fairfax serves on the Board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, the Royal Oak Foundation and the Merchant's House Museum. She has taught at the Prince’s Foundation American Summer School and was the Harrison Visiting Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. Today she is serves as the Managing Director of the firm.

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RICHARD SAMMONS has a rich background in traditional period design and 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. His contributions include the foreword of the book "The Theory of Mouldings" by C. Howard Walker, and collaboration on the recently published book, "Get Your House Right". Mr. Sammons began his career in Venice, Italy, with the offices of Antonio Foscari and then with David Anthony Easton in New York. He is a founding director of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, a board member of the Sir John Soane Museum Foundation, and the Merchant's House Museum. Richard serves as Design Director of the firm.

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