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Sarah Chase Shaw is a freelance writer living in Aspen, Colorado whose work has appeared in multiple national and regional publications.  Her specialties include writing about 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. 

LIVED in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

WORKED in a kitchen, behind a jewelry counter, on a golf course, in a greenhouse, at a desk, on the slopes, behind the wheel, and currently, in a basement.

RECENT TRAVELS to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Colorado College.  

LOVES wide open spaces, hockey games, river trips, live music and a good book. 

DABBLES IN calligraphy, printing, interior design, and numerous athletic pursuits.

LIVES WITH a landscape architect/boat-builder, a soon-to-be high school graduate and Henry the Corgi.

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.

ON MY BEDSIDE TABLE Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly, H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald, and The Book of Joy, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.  

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
  • Western Home Journal, Ketchum, Idaho
  • 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


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.  


Thank you for the great article "Designing Women". I am honored to be included and appreciate your writing! You captured our conversation perfectly!  - Sarah Broughton
The article you wrote for Sojourner on the Brush Creek home 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