H.W.S Cleveland Visting Guest Critic Program
The purpose of the H.W.S. Cleveland endowed chair fund is to attract leading landscape designers and educators who will, not only enrich the curriculum for students and faculty, but ensure the continued prominence and leadership of the UMN Landscape Architecture program within the local and national landscape community.
To foster our commitment to inclusivity, the H.W.S. Cleveland Visiting Guest Critic program invites indigenous landscape architecture professionals and landscape architects of color to attend graduate studio reviews as visiting critics. This offers students from the dominant group the chance to learn from the perspective and experiences of professionals historically underrepresented in the field and further enhances our diverse students’ experiences by providing access to diverse professionals in the classroom. This is critical in our pursuit of a fully inclusive community, to create culturally and socially responsive future landscape architects, and in building and maintaining a pipeline for the nation’s pool of indigenous landscape architects and landscape architects of color.
H.W.S Cleveland Visting Guest Critic Bios | Spring 2017
CHARLES CROSS | DIRECTOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
Charles Cross, ASLA, is the Director of Landscape Architecture at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He serves as the Faculty Advisor to the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, and is a member of the Black Landscape Architects Network. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Western Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Urban Design degree from The City College of New York. His past experience in the public sector includes the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resource and Conservation Service and the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Charles has worked in the private sector for SmithGroup-JJR (Johnson Johnson and Roy), Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects and Artist Mary Miss.
Charles completed work on the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan and a 1.4 million dollar park in Detroit’s Denby Neighborhood that will act as catalysts for renewed investment in the community. He also has conducted research on cultural assets as they relate to the Detroit River and its role in the Underground Railroad. Last November, Charles completed work as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is part of the team receiving the American Institute of Architects Whitney M. Young Award.
With a deep commitment to social justice and public Interest design, Charles maintains a firm belief that underserved communities deserve good design, and therefore should be the patrons driving a collaborative process-not just the consumers of the end product.
MISA INOUE | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Misa Inoue is a landscape architect in Chicago, Illinois, with project experiences ranging from small courtyards to large public/corporate/university/health care campuses. She formerly held a visiting academic position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served on design juries at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, and Osaka Prefecture University.
MISAKO MURATA | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Dynamic, open-ended spaces are key to Misako’s concept of urban landscape design. “I love seeing how people use their cities, how they adapt and reimagine public spaces. Because cities are so dense, spatial flexibility is very important.” She has Master's degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.