Ian Ambler

Owner, Landscape Architect ASLA

Prior to founding Ambler Design in 2005, Ian worked on large commercial landscape projects all over North America, Asia, and Europe after earning a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University. He is thrilled to have returned to his native Vermont to focus on enhancing the homes and businesses of his community. Ian lives in Waterbury with his wife Stacey and children.

Stacey Ambler

Bookkeeper / Garden Designer

Stacey is a Master Gardener, former Waldorf School teacher, and environmental educator, She has training in environmental resource management, fine arts, and permaculture. Her experience and love of plants bring artistic form and social function to our design work

Our Team

Meet the people that make your landscape come to life

Albert Demag

Site Supervisor / Construction Manager

Albert joined the Ambler Design team in 2009. He has over 30 years of landscape construction experience and is the key link between the design and construction in the field. Versatile in all aspects of the construction process, Albert can be seen on any given day orchestrating the transformation of what may seem like a chaotic project site into a beautiful crafted landscape. Albert lives with his family in Wolcott.

Nick Chase 

Construction Foreman / Senior Mason

Nick joined Ambler Design in 2012 and has over 25 years experience. His dedication to each project is apparent, frequently putting in extra time and effort to finish his work for the day. Nicks patience, hard working ethic always ensures a job done well and in good time. He is a major asset to our team. Nick lives in Craftsbury with his girlfriend.

Luke Aupperlee

Truck Driver / Job Site Corrdinator

Luke joined Ambler Design in 2014. Luke drives our dump truck and is an essential link to keeping various projects running smoothly. He does a great job making sure all the crews have what they need when they need it. If we had an award for attendance, Luke would probably win every year. Luke lives with his girlfriend and 3 cats in Morrisville.

Phil Phelps

Mechanic / Machine Operator

Phil has been a member of Ambler Design since 2015. He brings 40+ years of experience in site supervision, heavy equipment operation and machine maintenance. Phil’s ability to fix or troubleshoot just about anything from a compactor to an excavator keeps our construction team running efficiently. Phil lives in Elmore with his wife and on weekends can be found restoring antique tractors or helping a neighbor with a construction project.

Colby Grant

Construction Foreman / Mason

Colby joined Ambler Design in 2015 and has become an essential part of the team as his skill set has grown to include stone work and machine operation. Colby’s easy going, friendly attitude makes him a great guy to have on any crew. He works well with everyone and can fulfill any number of roles. Colby lives with his daughter in a really cool converted shipping container house in Morrisville.

Erin Swift

Lead Gardener / Grower

Erin joined us in 2018 as our Lead Gardener and Grower. Her knowledge of horticulture is expansive and her love for plants shines through in her work. Erin is instrumental in planting design and installation for all of our projects. She is also in charge of maintaining our wholesale nursery operations. Erin lives with her family in Duxbury.

Tim Soutierre

Machine Operator

Tim started with Ambler Design in 2019. Prior to joining the team, Tim had a 20 year career as a commercial excavator operator working throughout Vermont. His skill on an excavator is unparalleled and his knowledge of site work, state construction regulations and OSHA standards are a valuable asset to our work. Tim is an avid hunter and snowboarder. Tim lives in Jeffersonville with his family.

Drew Akerlaund

Carpenter / Landscape Installer

We welcomed Drew to the crew in 2019 and he has proved to be a quick learner in the landscape trade. Drew is the rare westerner that moved east to ski on smaller mountains. He is also our in-house Carpenter, forever impressing us with his skill set. In his spare time he makes board games and repairs his vintage Ford Escort station wagon. Drew lives in Montpelier with his girlfriend.

Adam Argo

Head Gardener / Landscape Installer

Adam joined Ambler Design in 2019. He has quickly fulfilled the role of Head Gardener. His keen interest in Vermont fauna and ornamental plants have been a great addition to the skill set of our team. In the winter months, Adam can often be found on a mountain skiing or taking photographs. Adam lives in Stowe.

Jeff Wentzel

Stone Mason

Jeff joined the Ambler team in 2019. A true craftsman, his attention to detail and appreciation of a job well done is noteworthy. With over 20 years experience as a stone mason he is a valued member of Ambler Design. He is an avid hunter, outdoorsman and ski patroller in the winter months. Jeff lives in Jeffersonville.

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About Ambler Design
Ambler Design is based in Stowe, Vermont and services clients throughout Lamoille, Washington, and Chittenden counties and beyond.
Po Box 1492 Stowe, Vermont
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