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NCI training faculty are skilled professionals experienced in planning and managing NCI Charrette System™ projects.

Bill Lennertz, AIA, NCI Executive Director

Bill Lennertz, NCI Executive DirectorBill Lennertz, AIA, is a leading NCI charrette facilitator and educator. 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. 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. Bill has led numerous successful charrette teams and passes this knowledge and experience to his students.

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 and The Charrette Handbook, published by the American Planning Association. 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.

Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA

Stephanie Bothwell is principal of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design. She is a city and town planner and landscape architect. Her practice focuses on the creation of sustainable, beautiful, and healthy landscape design, and includes the design of civic spaces for the CNU Charter Award winning Town of East Beach, in Norfolk, Virginia, the redevelopment of the Orland Naval Training Center into the new town of Baldwin Park in Florida, and HOPE VI projects and program development.

She formerly established, and was Director of, the American Institute of Architects' Center for Livable Communities. Prior to that, she was Senior Landscape Architect for the City of Boston. She received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Brain, PhD  

David Brain studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati before an interest in urban issues led him to a BA in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University.   He taught at Harvard and Indiana University before joining the faculty at New College of Florida.  As a part of his research on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, he has observed over two dozen charrettes.  His experience has included consulting on master planning and public process, directing neighborhood-oriented action research projects that engage students in collaboration with local community groups, contributing to educational programs for citizens and practitioners, and lecturing internationally on urban design and planning.  He is on the board of directors of the Seaside Institute and the Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development.  He is also a partner in High Cove, a village in the mountains of western North Carolina designed as an experiment in ecologically responsible development practices.   

Steve Coyle, AIA

Steve Coyle, AIA, CNU, founding partner of LCA Town Planning & Architecture, currently with Town-Green, has over 30 years of experience as an architect, town planner, urban designer, and public facilitator in a wide range of public and private projects around the nation.  His specialty is planning new communities and neighborhoods, and redeveloping older public and private cities, districts, corridors, and blocks. As former partners at Lennertz, Coyle and Associates, Steve Coyle and Bill Lennertz, along with their associates and consultants, created the plans for Fairview Village, the Pleasant Hill BART Station, Astoria’s Mill Pond, Oregon’s first “brownfield” neighborhood redevelopment, and many other innovative projects.

Sarah A. Lewis, AIA, LEED-AP

Sarah Lewis directs Fuss & O'Neill's Urban Design Studio in Washington DC.  Her expertise includes the design of projects with open public involvement, design guidelines and form-based coding, and facilitation of the physical implementation of those projects. She has worked with jurisdictions and institutions across the country developing urban designs and master plans. These new mixed-use developments, plus infill and redevelopment plans for existing communities, have ranged in scale from walkable historic neighborhoods to entire downtown areas encompassing hundreds of acres. Three notable projects under her design and management guidance have won Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards and her expertise in facilitation is shared with fellow professionals through her teaching for the National Charrette Institute.

Marcy McInelly, AIA

Marcy McInelly, AIA; Founder, Urbsworks; SERA Architecture and Urban Design. Marcy McInelly has practiced architecture and urban design for almost 25 years in New York City and Portland, Oregon. In 1995, she founded Urbsworks, a Portland-based firm, and redirected her expertise to the often-neglected space between buildings. Urbsworks' portfolio consists of town plans, infill and redevelopment strategies, zoning and form-base codes, public involvement, and the integration of transit and transportation facilities into communities. Marcy served as an appointed member of the Portland Planning Commission from 1997 until May of 2002 and she is a founding member of the Portland metropolitan region Coalition for a Livable Future, a network of 60 non-profit and community-based organizations working together for regional growth management. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Marcy serves as co-chair of CNU's Transportation Task Force.