The Firm of Fairfax & Sammons

classical architects

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

We are sought after by clients who share our goal in designing buildings that look and feel as if they have always been there. We are knowledgeable historians to the extent that we respect and know history without being bound to it.

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

Drawing inspiration from the wellspring of classical traditions, we have developed a body of work that reflects the theories of proportion and order, which have been passed down through scholarship and practice for generations.

We endeavour to stimulate academic and artistic development through support of continuing education which keeps us adept in the unique language of classical and traditional architecture.

The firm is headed by principal architects Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, who, along with their team of talented Project Managers and staff, oversee aspects in every project, providing the full scope of architectural services, including design, construction drawings and on-site construction administration.

We draw on individual strengths to provide a stimulating, creative and professional environment where our clients can be assured their needs will be met with the highest standards. The firm is committed to an architecture of tradition and innovation that offers solutions to contemporary issues.


Partners in business as well as in marriage, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons are the founding partners of the firm, which today comprises 20 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

Anne Fairfax

Anne Fairfax has designed many new buildings in traditional styles and restored numerous historic houses in diverse locations such 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.

Anne Fairfax, AIA, RIBA is a founding director of both the Palm Beach office of Fairfax, Sammons & Partners LLC, and the New York office of Fairfax & Sammons Architects Inc. PC. Currently residing in Palm Beach, she serves as a commissioner of the Landmarks Preservation Commission of the Town of Palm Beach.

Richard Sammons

Richard Sammons

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." Richard 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.



A Partial List of Our Clients:

The Minister of Culture, Andorra
Charles & Sara Ayres, New York, NY
Barbara and Joe Allbritton
Andre Bauer, Charleston, SC
The Bennett Hofford Company, Charleston, SC
Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel, New York, NY & Palm Beach, FL
Steven & Cynthia Brill, Bedford, NY
Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, New York, NY
Michael & Diana Brooks, Isle of Wight, NY & Hobe Sound, FL
Christopher and Kim Browne, New York, NY
William & Carol Browne, Greenwich, CT & Palm Beach, FL
Steve & Gretchen Burke, New York, NY
Don & Nancy Carter, Palm Beach, FL
Jim Clark, Palm Beach, FL & Miami, FL
Nancy Clark, New York, NY
The Coffee House. New York, NY
Julian & Carol Cohen, Boston, MA & Palm Beach, FL
Arthur & Linda Collins, Snedens Landing, NY
Jacob Collins & Ann Brashares, New York, NY
Raymond Cosman, Jupiter, FL
Jim & Kathryn Cowles, Southampton, NY
Stefania de Kenessey, New York, NY
Loic & Becky de Kertanguy, Hobe Sound, FL
Vito & Rachel Desario, Greenwich Village, NY
Charles & Valerie Diker
William & Jane Donaldson, South Salem, NY
Joseph Evangelisti, New York, NY
Carlos & Rosemary Ferrer, Palm Beach, FL
Michael Field & Jeff Arnsted, New York, NY
Steven & April Finch, Palm Beach, FL
Emily Frick, Locust Valley, NY
James Gaddy, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Margaret Halsey Gardiner, Quogue, NY
Eleni & Randall Gianopolous New York, NY
Alain & Anne Goldrach, New York, NY
Jeremy & Sarah Goldstein, New York, NY
Eli & Rebecca Gridish, Ceasaria, Israel
John Guare & Adele Chatfield Taylor, Long Beach, NY & New York, NY
Louis Hager, Cooperstown, NY
William H. & Candace Hamm, Palm Beach, FL
Dorothy Henry, Greenwich, CT
Benjamin & Meredith Jenkins, New York, NY
Keith Johnson & Glenn Senk, Palm Beach, FL
Dona Just, New York, NY
Jane & Charles Klein, New York, NY
Christopher Landers, Charleston, SC
Colleen Lydon, Dominican Republic
Hans Peter Malt, Southampton, NY
Ed & Nancy Madden, Palm Beach, FL
Nancy Marcantonio, Southport, CT
Christopher Martell & Arianna Packard, New York, NY
Tony Merck & Ann Long, Charleston, SC
Robert & Chantal Miller, Hong Kong & New York, NY
John R. Neal & Catherine Woodford Clay, Lexington, KY
Prince Pavlos & Princess Marie Chantal, New York, NY
Alex Papachristides, New York, NY
Donald & Patricia Oresman, New York, NY
Tom Pearsall, Washington, CT
David & Faith Pedowitz, Bedford, NY
Robert Pirie, Greenwich Village, NY
Plantation Houses & Kennels, Easy Hall, Barbados
Fred & Diana Prince, The Plains, VA
Frank Richardson & Kimba Wood, New York, NY & Bedford, NY
William & Ophelia Rudin, New York, NY
Paul & Betsy Shiverick, Palm Beach & Southport, CT
Jack & Annelise Simmons, Wares Wharf, VA
Carl & Hunter Smith, Gulf Stream, FL & Charlottesville, VA
Jay & Tracy Snyder, New York, NY
Allen & Claudia Sperry, New York, NY
Martin & Jenny Spollen, New York, NY
George & Georgia Stamas, Lost Tree, FL
David & Jennifer Stockman, Greenwich, CT
Peter & Helen Stovell, Fairfield, CT
Tavistock Group, Bahamas
Victoria Thomas, Reston, VA
Eytan & Rachel Tigay, Greenwich Village, NY
Liv Tyler, Greenwich Village, NY
James & Nancy Utaski, Jupiter, FL
Eric & Christa Wright, Southport, CT

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