Cross is also an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy SACD, where he teaches site analysis and design, design studio and special topics courses. A faculty co-adviser of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students SACD chapter, he also advises architecture and community development master’s students.
Prior to joining the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Cross gained valuable experience in the public sector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and the State of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, Real Estate Division. He also has private sector experience with SmithGroup-JJR, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects and artist Mary Miss of New York City.
He has 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.