Hand drawing is still a key to design

Layered hand drawing is still the key architectural technique for design – proposals for a care home scheme on a wonderful site in the southeast being worked up.

OFA & RIBA FUTURE ARCHITECTS student mentoring scheme!

OFA is delighted to be part of the RIBA Future Architects student mentoring scheme. This week, the students jointed us during our site visit to Trinity College, where they were exposed to the interesting design, details, project relationships and the challenges.

Oxenford House recieves planning!

Delighted that our proposals for Oxenford House on Magdalen Street received planning at last week’s Oxford City Council Planning Committee.

OFA features in the new edition of Pevsner's Buildings of Britain: Oxfordshire: Oxford and the Southeast

We are privileged to work in Oxford and have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful city’s story. Four of our projects are recorded in the new edition of Pevsner’s Buildings of Britain: Oxfordshire: Oxford and the Southeast. Namely Magdalen College School Sports Hall, Trinity College Hall Refurbishment, Wolfson College Decarbonisation and our York Road Houses.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Original Field!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Original Field!
We are pleased to support Crisis and Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK this year.

OxPropFest 2023 Winner!

We had a great evening last night catching up with colleagues, friends and collaborators and came away with the award for best low carbon project too! #oxpropfest

Say hello to OFA's new team member!

Say hello to OFA’s new team member – Hissah. Hissah has recently graduated from Oxford Brooke’s University in architecture with an interest in collaborative regeneration and circular design. Her work mainly explores how spatial interventions could spark social, economic and environmental rejuvenation. Outside of the studio, Hissah enjoys baking and photography.

OFA Opendoors -looking forward to seeing you!

Delighted to be a part of this year’s Oxford Preservation Trust Open Doors. Our Studio will be open on Saturday the 9th of September, showcasing the renovation of the Studio which won an OPT award in 2022. @oxfordprestrust

Joelle's retirement!

Today is the last working day for Joelle as she retires. Joelle joined OFA in 2014 and became a director in 2015. She has made a great impact on the practice and all of us who have had the pleasure of working with her. We will miss her professionalism, consideration, humour, support and ethical stance on all that she involves herself in. We wish her all the best for the future and look forward to some landscape architecture collaborations in the future.

City centre student living

Pleased to submit a planning application to retrofit and adapt an existing building on Magdalen Street into student accommodation. Wonderful location for city centre student living.

Yum Yum !!!

After our recent food tasting session, we are all set for our annual office summer party!


Food – Done,

Drinks – Done,

Music – Done,

Nice weather – in progress…


If you’ve been invited to the party, see you there.

Schwarzman Centre site visit

What an exciting site visit to the Schwarzman Centre!


This centre is the largest building project ever undertaken by Oxford University.

The Centre will boost teaching and research in the humanities at Oxford University and provide them with a new home which brings together seven faculties, the Institute for Ethics in AI, the Oxford Internet Institute, and a new humanities library.

Exciting Project coming up - Ancient Monument scanning!

LIDAR scan made with iPhone Pro of a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Interesting to see the application of this kind of tech to structures that are otherwise very difficult to capture.

Practical Completion for St Clare’s

The new entry and Porter’s Lodge was handed over to St Clare’s today.  It has been a tricky project at times, and the result is transformational for St Clare’s.  The outside garden area is now open and welcoming and reveals the full frontage of St Clare’s main reception buildings.  Thanks to a great team – St Clare’s,  Benfield and Loxley contractors, Etch engineering services and Price & Myers structural and civils.  It has been a pleasure.

Shortlisted for OxProp Awards for Wolfson !

We are pleased to announce that OFA has been shortlisted for OxPropFest Awards for Wolfson College Decarbnisation!

OFA Garden party - no hats needed just sun, good food and cool drinks.

Last week OFA had the annual garden party to take advantage of the perfect summer weather.

Everyone contributed with their best recipes.

Jackson Building Decarbonisation update!!!

Planning and Listed Building Application submitted to decarbonise the Jackson Building (Trinity College Oxford) by replacing the fossil fuel-based heating systems with ground source heat pumps and increasing levels of insulation and airtightness.