Charles Waldheim is Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Waldheim's research focuses on landscape architecture in relation to contemporary urbanism. He coined the term "landscape urbanism" to describe emerging landscape design practices in the context of North American urbanism. He is author of Constructed Ground, and volume editor of The Landscape Urbanism Reader and CASE: Lafayette Park Detroit. With Jason Young and Georgia Daskalakis, he is co-editor of Stalking Detroit, and with Katerina Ruedi Ray, co-editor of Chicago Architecture and Urbanism: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives.
Waldheim is currently writing the first book-length history of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, entitled Chicago O'Hare: A Natural and Cultural History. He is an honorary member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, and in 2006 was recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome.