Charles Cross, ASLA, is the Senior Landscape Designer at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He holds a BS in Agriculture from Western Michigan University, and a BS in Urban Landscape Architecture and Masters of Urban Design from The City College of New York. He maintains a firm belief that underserved communities deserve good design, and therefore should be the patrons of the process -not just the consumers of the end product.

Charles was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the ASLA New York City Chapter in 2002. He has been an invited guest critic at Columbia University, The City College of New York, The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and University of Detroit Mercy.

He has given the following lectures/presentations: "Biloxi Greens" - Columbia University; "Exposing New Orleans" - Princeton University; "A City of Neighborhoods: Chinatown" - New York City; "The Productive Landscape: Urban Agriculture in Detroit" - 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting; "Urban Fabric" - 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting; "RecoveryPark" - 2010 ASLA Annual Meeting; "Re Imagining Detroit" - Society of Architectural Historians Conference 2012.