As a Public Realm Visioneer, Charles McKinney envisions ways to weave parks into the daily lives of everyone, and advances citizen initiatives to improve public space.
As the former Principal Urban Designer for NYC Parks, Charles led the preparation of master plans that corrected problems, highlighted natural attributes, and addressed emerging recreational needs.
Previously, as Chief of Design at NYC Parks, he provided design direction for the largest amount of investment in parks since the 1930’s. His projects broke new ground in the design of park architecture, landscape and ecological restoration. They improved the happiness, fitness and health of community members, and addressed climate change.
The American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded him honorary membership. He has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, a Masters in Urban Design from City College; he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard GSD in 1994.