Fairfax & Sparrow is an architectural design practice based in Oxford.


Fairfax & Sparrow was founded by Eleanor Sparrow and Phyllis Fairfax in 2015.  We are inspired by creativity in many different forms - art, architecture, interiors, crafts, textiles and graphics.  Our focus is very much about using our creativity to enhance everyday life, whatever the scale of the project.



We offer a bespoke design service for homeowners, businesses and public sector organisations. We are always happy to tailor our services to meet your particular requirements.


We understand the need to work to your budget. We value the simple luxury of natural materials, craftsmanship and effortless aesthetics. We enjoy using our skills to create places that bring pleasure to people, that are simple to use, economical to run and easy to maintain.




BSc Hons DipArch RIBA ARB


Phyllis graduated from the  Bartlett School of Architecture in 2001 and qualified as a chartered architect in 2005. Phyllis’ passion for tailored residential architecture was established during her time with CPA Architects; a Hammersmith & Fulham based practice specialising in Listed Buildings and residential projects in Conservation Areas. She has also worked at  Foster & Partners in London where she worked on a several high-profile projects including: East Croydon Gateway Masterplan, Frankfurt Airport competition, the interior design for the new Wembley Stadium, the Albion Art Gallery, Battersea and the refurbishment of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Most recently, Phyllis has practiced as a Project Architect with Architects Design Partnership (ADP) in Oxford. Here, Phyllis has gained a wealth of experience working on school projects. She also developed her expertise in working in a sensitive historical context by leading a project to provide new student accommodation for Oxford University's Worcester College. To view some of Phylllis' recent work please take a look at our Project Portfolio.




BA Hons DipArch DipEEB ARB


Eleanor studied architecture at Manchester University and Oxford Brookes University, graduating in 1998 and qualifying as a chartered architect in 2001. 

Eleanor has developed a wide range of experience in the design of buildings across private residential, social housing and education sectors. With post-graduate qualifications in sustainable design, Eleanor sees designing to minimise energy use and reduce waste as a natural and completely integrated part of the design process. Her projects are also driven by a concern to exploit natural light wherever possible. Previously a Director with Jessop & Cook in Oxford, until recently Eleanor was a Project Architect at ADP in Oxford. Key buildings she has overseen include: Blueprint Short Stay School and Stoney Dean School for Buckinghamshire County Council, Bredon Hill School for Gloucestershire County Council. She also worked as part of the design team on projects including: Oxford Castle Heritage Project and the redevelopment of the former International University, Bushey. To view some of Eleanor's recent work please take a look at our Project Portfolio.