Landscape Architecture Team Wins First Place in Historic American Landscapes Survey Competition

A landscape architecture team based at the Washington-Alexandria Center in the National Capital Region has garnered first place in the 2010 Theme Park Challenge, the first annual national Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) competition, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Entrants were asked to complete at least one short format history for a historic theme park landscape, documenting the landscapes of childhood. Associate Professor Paul Kelsch and three students from the Master of Landscape Architecture Program — Nicholas Colombo and Luke Van Belleghem, both of Arlington, Va., and Seth Estep, of Wise, Va. — chose to interpret the history of Glen Echo Park, Md., a National Park Service arts and culture venue, for their 2010 Theme Park Challenge submission.

The team was awarded the top prize for “Topographies of Amusement: The Evolving Terrain of Glen Echo Park” during the recent 2010 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo in Washington, D.C.

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