Sarah Chase Shaw is a freelance writer living in Aspen, Colorado. Her work, which has appeared in multiple national and regional publications, covers issues related to design and lifestyle in the American West, including landscape architecture, architecture, community planning, environmental design, land use, real estate, gardens, people, families, and history.

BORN in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

STUDIED art history at Smith College and landscape architecture at Cornell University. 

WRITING ABOUT architecture, landscape architecture, environment, land use, real estate, western culture, lifestyle, communities, gardens, people, families, history.

WRITING FOR magazines, journals, book compilations, newspapers, individuals, families, private companies, government entities, award submittals, grant requests.

Partial list of clients:

  • Design Workshop, Inc., Aspen, Colorado

  • Connect One Design, Basalt, Colorado

  • Hershberger Design, Jackson, Wyoming

  • Visionscapes Landscape Architects, Burlington, Ontario

  • CCY Architects, Basalt, Colorado

  • City of Aspen Parks Department, Aspen, Colorado

  • Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

  • The Knapp Ranch, Edwards, Colorado

  • Coldwell Banker, Aspen, Colorado

  • B.J. Adams & Company, Aspen, Colorado

  • Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Aspen, Colorado

  • Aspen Valley Land Trust, Carbondale, Colorado

  • Private Family, Aspen, Colorado

Partial List of Publications:

  • Western Home Journal

  • Western Art & Architecture

  • Garden Design

  • Planning Magazine

  • Aspen Magazine

  • Aspen Sojourner

  • Vail Beaver Creek Magazine


2019 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Bronze Wrangler - Best Art/Photography Book: Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks.

2017 86th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition - Magazine Feature Article.  Honorable Mention:  Lessons Well Learned.

2013 82nd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition - Magazine Feature Article.  10th Place:  Wild at Heart:  An Unmanicured Garden in Aspen.

2011 Garden Writers Association Media Awards - Best Magazine Writing.  Silver Award of Achievement.  The Art of Autumn.

2011 Garden Writers Association Media Awards - Best Magazine Writing.  Gold Award for Best Talent and Best Product.  The Art of Autumn.  


The article you wrote came out so well and we are honored to be included. Cheers to great writing and collaboration! - The Rowland & Broughton Team

Thank you for putting together a beautiful and well-written article. We look forward to working with you on many more. - Cristof Eigelberger, AIA

No matter how many times I have seen every picture, read every word, looked at every page, I am so newly impressed with what you have created...I can not describe how happy I feel. This book is a dream come true. - Bud Knapp, former publisher of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit

 Current Community Service

Wilderness Land Trust - Board of Directors, 2018 - present

Aspen Words - Board of Directors, 2016 - present

English in Action - Volunteer Tutor, 2018 - present

John Gold Pre-Collegiate Program Scholarship - Committee Member - 2014 - present

Past Service includes: Aspen Valley Land Trust, Roaring Fork Leadership, Aspen Education Foundation, Aspen Public Radio, Museum of Northern Arizona