Charles is a Senior Consultant based in the New York office. As the former Principal Urban Designer for NYC Parks, Charles McKinney led the preparation of master plans for flagship parks. Under his direction, the department explored responses to the design imperatives of the 21st century, web-based planning tools and communication, and the role of planning in creating community. His projects included master plans for the northern Manhattan parks, Van Cortlandt Park, Crotona Park, and Riverside Park.
He is an effective collaborator with non-profit organizations, schools - such as Parsons the New School of Design - as well as a wide variety of professionals and artists working to address urban challenges.
He is the prior Chief of Design at NYC Parks. For four years, he provided design direction for landscape and architecture projects throughout New York City. Under his direction the Design Division achieved the highest level of productivity in the history of the department. The award winning Design Manual for 21st Century Parks was prepared under his direction in collaboration with the Design Trust for Public Space.
He earned a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and a Masters in Urban Design from City College; he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1994.