Bill McDowell was trained as an architect and has been providing building project management services for the last 30 years. His most recognizable project was the Barnes Foundation’s new residence on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Bill was hired by the Barnes to serve as the liaison between trustees, staff, architects, and the builder to ensure the projects' successful completion. Bill is now working with National Development on the physical transformation of a full city block on East Market in downtown Philadelphia.
McDowell won the CHA Role of Fame Award in 2016.
First awarded in 1962, the Roll of Fame recognizes CHA alumni who have made significant contributions to society. In choosing members of the Roll of Fame, the Alumni Association weighs a candidate’s respect among his peers, where he is considered an expert in his field, and whether his work has had an effect that reaches beyond the bounds of a single community.