Paul Kelsch, PH.D.,
1001 Prince Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Cultivating Nature and Nation
in the Potomac River Landscape
Cultural Landscape Histories of
the George Washington Memorial
Agroforestry in the Springsbury
Arboretum at Casey Tree Farm
LAR 5334 - History of Landscape
LAR 5264 - Landscape Architecture
Tectonics II: Site + Process
LAR 5006 - Graduate Design Studio
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”.
Ph.D., 2003. Geography, Royal Holloway College, Univ. of London.
MLA, 1986. Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan.
BS, 1981. Architecture, University of Notre Dame.
“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.)
“Cultivating Community: On African Americans, Nature and Landscape Architecture,” APPX: Sold Out. Fall 2007.
“Constructions of American Forest: Four Landscapes, Four Readings”, Environmentalism and Landscape Architecture, Conan, M., ed., (Washington: Dumbarton Oaks, 2000), 165-185.