The NCI Team

Wayne Beyea
Interim Executive Director and Trainer

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). He has a teaching and MSU Extension outreach appointment. 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.

Bill Lennertz
Founder and Board Member

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.

Aarin Lutzenhiser
Founder and Board Member

Aarin Lutzenhiser is a co-author of the NCI Charrette System™ and charrette training curriculum and is closely involved with course preparation and training delivery. Aarin and Bill co-authored The Charrette Handbook, published by the American Planning Association. Aarin also oversees NCI’s operations and research & development efforts for new projects and programs. She is a meeting facilitator with training in group consensus building and decision-making processes, and works with clients on meeting planning, preparation, and set-up.

Prior to co-founding NCI, Aarin worked as the Business Manager for Lennertz Coyle & Associates (LCA), Architects and Town Planners where she managed the firm’s finances, human resources and project management process. She participated in LCA Charrettes, coordinating and advising on technical and production issues and assisting with design production and presentations. Aarin has been involved in New Urbanist planning projects throughout Oregon and in public involvement teaching and training programs throughout the country. Aarin received a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.