NCI Faculty

NCI’s Faculty are the skilled professionals who deliver NCI Charrette System™ trainings and consult on NCI projects.

Wayne Beyea

Wayne Beyea is a senior specialist and faculty member of the Urban & Regional Planning Program at the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University (MSU). Beyea has more than 25 years of experience in private and public practice leading local, regional and state initiatives focused on placemaking, urban regeneration, non-motorized transportation planning and sustainable community planning. He has been a lead instructor, training thousands of local and state officials on effective planning and zoning techniques and innovative design solutions. Beyea has been involved in more than 100 local planning and design projects using innovative participatory techniques, including the NCI Charrette System. Beyea has been a co-principal investigator and project manager on numerous federal, state and nonprofit funded grant and contract projects, including HUD, EPA, EDA, NOAA, CDC, the Kellogg Foundation, and State transportation, economic development, community health and housing agencies. In addition, he has been instrumental in launching state and national training programs, including the award-winning Michigan Citizen Planner Program and the American Citizen Planner program, and served as founder and national leader of the USDA Cooperative Extension Land Use Planning Community of Practice through eXtension.Beyea holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning from MSU, a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Maine, and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the MSU College of Law. He is a professionally certified community planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and a licensed attorney and certified civil mediator in the State of Michigan.

David Brain, PhD

Prior to joining the faculty at New College of Florida, David Brain taught at Harvard and Indiana University. 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 to engage students in collaboration with local community groups, contributing to educational programs for citizens and practitioners, and lecturing internationally on urban design and planning.

Bill Lennertz

Bill is the principal author and lead trainer of the NCI Charrette System. Since co-founding NCI in 2001, Bill has trained top staff from numerous organizations including the US Environmental Protection Agency; US General Services Administration; US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Departments of Transportation in Oregon, New York, and Arizona; as well as many private planning firms across the country. Bill has directed over 150 charrettes for both public and private clients for projects ranging from main street revitalizations, town centers, and affordable housing to new neighborhoods and communities. Bill has taught at various universities including Harvard, where he received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design and now annually teaches the NCI Charrette System™ certificate course.