Sarah Chase Shaw grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is a graduate of Smith College, and received a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. She moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1993 to join Design Workshop, Inc., a planning and landscape architecture firm. While at DW, she worked on several conservation-based development plans with The Conservation Fund, including the I-25 Corridor between Colorado Springs and Denver, Barr Lake State Park (adjacent to Denver Int’l Airport) and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Sarah is the author of two books on the residential gardens of Design Workshop, Inc.; New Gardens of the American West (2004) and Garden Legacy (2010). In September 2018, her most recent book Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks: the Story of Knapp Ranch was released. Sarah has served in a leadership capacity and as a board member on several non-profit boards including the Aspen Education Foundation, the Aspen Valley Land Trust, Roaring Fork Leadership, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Aspen Words. She and her husband, Richard, have a son, Spencer, who attends Colorado College.