Educational Resources

A host of tools and resources are available to get you started in learning about the NCI Charrette System or to support the knowledge and experience gained through your Certificate Training.


The Charrette Handbook, 2nd ed.

A complete desktop reference for professional planners and community members alike
By Bill Lennertz and Aarin Lutzenhiser, The Charrette Handbook is a step-by-step guide for how to plan and hold a successful charrette.  Learn more and purchase from the APA.

NCI Resource Library

Browse free tools and resources for establishing and expanding your knowledge base.

NCI Trained Organizations and Individuals

Request for Proposal Template

NCI Charrette Request for Proposal (RFP) Template
NCI developed the model Request for Proposal (RFP) to guide procurement of services relating to a community planning project that includes an NCI Charrette.


Just what is a Charrette? (PPT)
This PowerPoint presentation, which includes both slides and a script, describes what a charrette is and how it can be used to improve the planning process in your community. Produced for the National Association of REALTORS® by the National Charrette Institute, it can be used for self-instruction or as a presentation to others.


The NCI Charrette System™: Stories of Community Transformation
People say that you can’t really understand charrettes until you have seen one in action. The NCI Charrette System DVD is the next best thing to being there.

Just what is a charrette? NCI’s Executive Director Bill Lennertz explains this transformative process.

The NCI Charrette System™ is more than the charrette. Hear NCI’s Executive Director, Bill Lennertz, describe how a charrette works in the context of the three-phase NCI Charrette System.

Charrettes, Public Health and Comprehensive Planning
Learn about trends in charrettes for projects that link public health and community planning.

The Project Start-up Intensive: Building a collaborative team approach
NCI’s Executive Director, Bill Lennertz, talks about how to ensure long-term project success with step one of the NCI Charrette System™.

Articles and Reports

NCI Charrette System Guide for Transit Oriented Development (PDF)
The first nuts-and-bolts reference for planning Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects using a charrette. Written under a Federal Transit Administration grant, the guide is based on the NCI Charrette System™. It can be used by MPOs, state, city and county planning agencies, transit agencies, consultants and community advocacy groups. The Guide describes the process, tools and techniques required to completely plan a TOD project from its inception through implementation.

High-touch/High-tech Charrettes (PDF)
Bill Lennertz for Planning magazine.

An Introduction to Charrettes (PDF)
Bill Lennertz and Aarin Lutzenhiser for the Planning Commissioner’s Journal.

The Charrette Process as an Agent for Change (PDF)
Bill Lennertz for the New Urban News

NCI Cross-disciplinary Public Involvement Report
Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, view a summary of this project and download the final report on the NCI cross-disciplinary forum on public involvement best practices. It includes a literature review, expert papers presented at the forum, forum findings on key challenges and solutions, and project process examples. 2003.