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Bill Lennertz

Bill Lennertz, AIA, is a leading NCI Charrette facilitato­r and practicing New Urbanist. First as Direct­or of the­ Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) Boston office in 1986, and from 1993-2002, as a partner with Lennertz Coyle & Associates, Bill has directed over 150 charrettes. The charrette projects for both public and private clients range from main street revitalizations, town centers and affordable housing, to complete, new neighborhoods and communities. By incorporating the charrette process in a broad range of challenging projects, Bill has encountered virtually every type of political, economic, and design problem that challenges the principles and practice of New Urbanism. As a registered architect, a master urban designer, and a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Bill has the professional experience needed to lead successful charrette teams.

As lead trainer for NCI, Bill has trained top staff from such organizations as the Environmental Protection Agency, US General Services Administration, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae Foundation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the Department of Transportation in Oregon, New York, and Arizona. Bill is also principal author of the NCI Charrette System curriculum as well as other tools, presentations, and publications. He is the co-editor and essayist of Towns and Town-Making Principles, a monograph on DPZ, and a contributor to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Bill has taught at various universities including Harvard, where he received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design. Bill co-founded NCI to help people create healthy communities by researching and teaching the art and science of the charrette and other transformative public involvement processes.