Bill Lennertz Lecture: The NCI Charrette System: Collaboration by Design


Location: 104 Bond Hall



Lecture Summary
Charrettes are the way architects solve problems collectively. The NCI Charrette SystemTM is a collaborative decision making process that can be used for buildings, communities and business. Charrettes use the design process as the convener to transform disparate viewpoints and create an aligned vision with an action plan. Bill Lennertz will describe how charrettes facilitate a collective mastery that leads to creative feasible solutions. The lecture will explain how the NCI Charrette SystemTM works as a collaborative project approach that begins with the project team and expands out to various stakeholders in the preparation and execution of a multiple-day charrette.


Bill Lennertz, AIA, is Executive Director of the National Charrette Institute. First as Director of the Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) Boston office, then as a partner with Lennertz Coyle & Associates, Bill has managed over 150 charrettes. Bill co-developed and teaches the NCI Charrette SystemTM, the first structured approach to design-based collaborative community planning. Since he co-founded NCI in 2001, Bill has trained top staff from various organizations including the US DOD, World Bank, US EPA, US General Services Administration, Parsons Brinckerhoff as well as public planning agencies and private firms nationally. Bill is co-author of The Charrette Handbook published by the American Planning Association. He received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University where he annually teaches the NCI Charrette SystemTM certificate course. Bill is currently the President of the CNU-Cascadia chapter.