Paul Kelsch, PH.D.,
ASLA

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Washington Alexandria
Architecture Center
1001 Prince Street
Alexandria VA 22314

+1.703.566.6701
pkelsch@vt.edu
 
CURRICULUM VITAE
 
RESEARCH AREAS

Cultivating Nature and Nation
in the Potomac River Landscape

Cultural Landscape Histories of
the George Washington Memorial
Parkway

Agroforestry in the Springsbury
Arboretum at Casey Tree Farm
 
COURSES TAUGHT

LAR 5334 - History of Landscape
Architecture

LAR 5264 - Landscape Architecture
Tectonics II: Site + Process

LAR 5006 - Graduate Design Studio
 
PROJECTS

The Springsbury Arboretum
at the Casey Tree Farm

The Springsbury Institute
at the Casey Tree Farm

Visualizing Cultural Succession
along the George Washington Parkway:
A Collaboration with the National
Park Service

Rethinking “Appomattox”

Vegetation of the George Washington
Memorial Parkway

Mount Vernon Memorial Highway —
Alexandria to Mount Vernon

 

 
Paul Kelsch has professional degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture and a Ph.D. in Cultural Geography. His research focuses on the expression of nature in designed landscapes, especially the parkways, memorials and national parks that have shaped the Potomac River into a ‘capital river’. He has conducted three historical studies of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and is currently studying two forested presidential memorials: Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove. These various studies give insights into the intersections between the ecological processes of the river and the shaping of its landscape as a national landscape. Collectively these studies are leading to a book entitled, “A Capital River: Cultivating Nature and Nation along the Banks of the Potomac”.
 
EDUCATION

Ph.D., 2003. Geography, Royal Holloway College, Univ. of London.

MLA, 1986. Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan.

BS, 1981. Architecture, University of Notre Dame.
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Of Muddy Waters and Presidential Memorials: Erosion, Sedimentation in the Potomac River Watershed,” Landscape Research Record, No. 4, 2016, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

“Personalizing a Parkway: Women’s Memorial Groves along the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,” Landscape Research Record, No. 2, 2014, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

“Topographies of Amusement: The Evolving Terrain of Glen Echo Park, Maryland,” Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. (London and Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis Group, Ltd.), 2013.

“Cultivating Modernity, History and Nature: The Planting Design for the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,” Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. London and Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis Group, Ltd., 2013.)

“Putting the History in Natural History: Buster Simpson’s Host Analog and Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape,” Visual and Historical Geographies: Essays in Honour of Denis Cosgrove, Historical Geography Research Series, no 42. (London: Historical Geography Research Group, Royal Geographic Society, December 2010.)