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Knauf employs two part-timers. Amy Chorey is a computer draftsperson. a series of spaces on land that had been steep and overgrown.” In 2010, Susan Waring and her husband hired Knauf for a home they were building in South Hero. They had taken down an existing house and needed help figuring out a new land-scape design. The Warings interviewed a number of landscape architects but chose Knauf because of her listening skills. “She’s extremely creative,” Waring says. “She knew that I wanted less maintenance. I wanted it to be beautiful but I didn’t want to be tied to the house. We’ve had her come back periodically as things have grown.” One of the changes Knauf has seen in her work is a big push for sustainability — a trend she approves of. “I’ve designed some green roofs and rain gardens,” she says. “Dealing with storm water is frequently part of the design.” Particularly in Burlington, Knauf says, designs must show that a project won’t increase storm water runoff and there are additional regulations to protect the lakeshore. “There is a much greater awareness of how construction will affect the environment,” she says. “I think that’s a great thing.” Other changes are the desire of clients to cut down on energy consumption, a recognition of the importance of using native plants instead of invasives, and a trend toward using local materials to reduce the environmental impact of transportation. Knauf lives in Burlington’s South End, a block from Oakledge Park. In the summer, she bicycles, hikes, sails, swims, and plays tennis. In the winter, she likes snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. She has practiced tai chi for over 15 years, enjoys ballroom dancing (especially rumba, cha-cha, and waltz), and travels whenever she has a chance. “I grew up on my bike,” she says. “Working with the staff from Bicycling magazine, I learned how to be a good cyclist.” Some of her favorite bike loops are on the Lake Champlain islands, but on one memorable trip she fought stiff winds on a trek through Newfoundland. Spring through fall, Knauf tries to bike at least four times a week, although that cuts into her sailing time. “Both sports provide that sense of being alive because you’re so aware of the wind,” she says. Knauf believes design should take into account existing conditions, rather than force something that doesn’t work with the soil, hydrology, and wind and sun exposure, but she recog-nizes that sometimes clients have ideas that aren’t feasible. It’s her job to help them find their vision but also find something that fits the land well. Knauf’s work has been showcased in a number of publica-tions including Design New England , New England Home , and Vermont magazines and This Old House Journal . In addition to her recent Green Works award she received a Merit Award for Public Places from the Vermont chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Knauf continues to enjoy her job. “I love colors, textures, and fragrances,” she says. “I love the outdoors. I feel so lucky to be able to work with different materials, sounds, and smells. I love to be able to bring those together to create a palette.” She enjoys subtle elements like the sound of running water or the wind through the grass, and the crunch of a footstep over dif-ferent materials. She is pleased when she is able to plant with wildlife in mind and hear the chirping of birds in the morning. Thinking about those projects makes Knauf smile, but a lit-tle more time outdoors would do even more for her. “Sometimes I wish I could move my drawing table outside,” she says. “On a beautiful day in summer it’s tough to be inside.” • The Coburn Agency Michael Coburn 802-658-7800 BR AD PET TENGILL Auto • Home Power Sports 1134 South Brownell Rd. Williston, VT 05495 © 2016 Allstate Insurance Co. BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • APRIL 2017 110431 Call me for the protection you need and the service you deserve. 15

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