As a founding partner and president of CDH Partners, Bill Chegwidden has watched the firm grow to become one of the top ten largest and most progressive architectural companies in Atlanta and in the southeast. Early in his career, he recognized the need for efficient long-term planning, especially within the religious market place. He also realized the same planning strategies used for successful businesses could be applied to churches. These efforts combined with his belief that religious architecture must respond to the advancement of digital technology have revolutionized the way churches are planned and designed across the country.
With over 30 years of experience, Bill is known for his innovative thinking, active client involvement, and highly recognizable designs. One of the things he does best is to guide CDH clients through the multiple phases of the design process by implementing effective planning strategies. He has successfully led over 600 churches through this process, which includes planning, designing, and developing church campuses. “Over the years, I have come to view architectural design as a journey, which involves so much more than moving from point A to point B.” This is why he challenges church leaders to make evidence-based decisions concerning future needs, not just current physical conditions.
In 2010, Bill was named to the College of Fellows (FAIA in the American Institute of Architects, an honor bestowed on architects who have made outstanding contributions on a national level. He continues to be recognized for his superiority in design and energy conservation and has received numerous awards and recognitions.
Bill is a highly visible leader, who has is dedicated to excellence. He is a published author (The Next Step, 2005), which received a 2008 Hot Products Award from Religious Product News magazine. He also is a regular contributor to trade publications, participates in seminars, speaking engagements, and roundtable discussions and is actively involved within the community where he lives, works, and worships.
University of Tennessee and Southern Polytechnic State University
Graduate Student – University of Manchester, UK
Rotary International Fellowship
Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nevada,
Tennessee, and Illinois, NCARB
Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2008 “Theory & Practice Feature”
Worship Facilities Magazine
November/December 2010 “Communicating DNA”
Worship Facilities Conference and Expo
2007, Spring ‘08, Fall ‘08, Fall ‘09, Fall ‘10
Church Growth and Facilities Expo
NACBA – Atlanta Chapter 2005