Holly Madill is the director of the National Charrette Institute at Michigan State University. Previously at MSU, she assisted both the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU and the Land Policy Institute in research and outreach projects related to land use, placemaking and strategic growth.
Over the course of the last 20 years, Madill has developed a diverse set of skills, while coordinating and leading projects around a wide range of topics for the private, nonprofit, institutional and public sectors. She specializes in community engagement, placemaking, transportation and walkability, as well as development of trainings, surveys (including analysis) and proposals. She is a trainer for the MSU Extension Citizen Planner Program and the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program.
Madill is a graduate of the NCI Charrette System and NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation certificate programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Michigan State University.
Bill is the principal author and lead trainer of the NCI Charrette System™, the first structured approach to design-based collaborative community planning. 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.
First as Director of the Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) Boston office and then as partner in Lennertz Coyle & Associates, 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. 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 smart growth.
Bill co-authored The Charrette Handbook published by the American Planning Association, is the co-editor and essayist of Towns and Town-Making Principles (a monograph on DPZ), and is 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 and now annually teaches the NCI Charrette System™ certificate course.