Cross is also an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy SACD, where he teaches site analysis and design, design studio, and special subject courses. Co-faculty director of the SACD chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, he also advises masters students in architecture and community development.

Prior to joining the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Cross gained valuable experience in the public sector with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Michigan State Department of Natural Resources, Real Estate Division. He also has experience in the private sector with SmithGroup-JJR, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects and artist Mary Miss of New York.

He received the New York American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award and was named a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in 2018.

Cross holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a master’s degree in urban design from the City College of New York. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Western Michigan University.

The Virtual Conversation, which is a landscape architecture department fern conference, will be broadcast live by WPSU.