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Studio GWA sees architecture and design as community art that has the remarkable ability to connect people to one another and the world around them. Imaginative thinkers, bold risk-takers, and problem-solving mavens, Studio GWA relishes opportunities to partner with clients to transform vision into reality.

Featured Projects

Each project is more than a building – it is a space brought to life by the people. We’re proud that our portfolio represents some of the most iconic regional landmarks and meaningful projects for organizations and communities around the nation.

Hotel Kaskaskia
Architecture | Development Services
The Hotel Kaskaskia is an iconic Colonial Revival style brick building prominently situated in downtown LaSalle, Illinois. Designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox, whose portfolio includes Chicago icons such as the Drake Hotel and the Blackstone Hotel, the 1915 building is an excellent example of an elegant resort hotel with a grand scale and detailed ornamentation. Heavy gilding, decorative plaster, and an extensive use of marble convey beauty and hospitality hand-in hand.

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Madison Street Corridor
Urban Planning | Development Services
The Madison Street corridor is a key multimodal gateway into downtown Rockford with a variety of coexisting land uses. Small industries, recreational clubs, and landmark buildings like the Prairie Street Brewhouse support entrepreneurship, employment, and prosperity while providing a sense of cultural identity for residents and visitors alike.
Company 251
Architecture | Development Services
Company 251 is a 20,000 square foot event space imbued with industrial charm and modern luxury. Formerly the home of the International Harvester Manufacturing Company, this 1908 industrial building in Aurora’s Middle Avenue Historic District retains a raw and historic character with ghost lines of the original building’s use.

Featured Projects

Each project is more than a building – it is a space brought to life by the people. We’re proud that our portfolio represents some of the most iconic regional landmarks and meaningful projects for organizations and communities around the nation.

Hotel Kaskaskia
Architecture | Development Services
The Hotel Kaskaskia is an iconic Colonial Revival style brick building prominently situated in downtown LaSalle, Illinois. Designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox, whose portfolio includes Chicago icons such as the Drake Hotel and the Blackstone Hotel, the 1915 building is an excellent example of an elegant resort hotel with a grand scale and detailed ornamentation. Heavy gilding, decorative plaster, and an extensive use of marble convey beauty and hospitality hand-in hand.

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Madison Street Corridor
Urban Planning | Development Services
The Madison Street corridor is a key multimodal gateway into downtown Rockford with a variety of coexisting land uses. Small industries, recreational clubs, and landmark buildings like the Prairie Street Brewhouse support entrepreneurship, employment, and prosperity while providing a sense of cultural identity for residents and visitors alike.
Company 251
Architecture | Development Services
Company 251 is a 20,000 square foot event space imbued with industrial charm and modern luxury. Formerly the home of the International Harvester Manufacturing Company, this 1908 industrial building in Aurora’s Middle Avenue Historic District retains a raw and historic character with ghost lines of the original building’s use.

Featured Services

Studio GWA is known for its expertise in historical preservation and adaptive re-use, and we bring that same skill and enthusiasm to all types of projects across commercial, retail, mixed-use, and multi-family residential spaces. Our dynamic and forward-thinking team of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and development professionals support all phases of projects from master planning through construction.

Historic preservation - Prairie Street Brewhouse interior

architecture

Whether your vision involves new construction or enlivening an existing structure, our team can bring it to life.

Madison Street Corridor Urban Planning in Rockford, IL

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A community starts with understanding how people interact with individual buildings, blocks and corridors.

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Featured Services

Studio GWA is known for its expertise in historical preservation and adaptive re-use, and we bring that same skill and enthusiasm to all types of projects across commercial, retail, mixed-use, and multi-family residential spaces. Our dynamic and forward-thinking team of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and development professionals support all phases of projects from master planning through construction.

master planning through construction

Historic preservation - Prairie Street Brewhouse interior

architecture

Whether your vision involves new construction or enlivening an existing structure, our team can bring it to life.

Madison Street Corridor Urban Planning in Rockford, IL

urban planning

A community starts with understanding how people interact with individual buildings, blocks and corridors.

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Celebrating our summer interns!    

Fabrizio Ducato is studying interior design at Iowa State University and has had the opportunity to work on a variety projects here at Studio GWA. 

“It has been a wonderful experience working here! I worked on numerous projects and gained a lot of new techniques that will better my career. It is amazing seeing some of my designs come to life, especially in my hometown!

Thank you, Fabrizio!

Celebrating our summer interns!

Fabrizio Ducato is studying interior design at Iowa State University and has had the opportunity to work on a variety projects here at Studio GWA.

“It has been a wonderful experience working here! I worked on numerous projects and gained a lot of new techniques that will better my career. It is amazing seeing some of my designs come to life, especially in my hometown!"

Thank you, Fabrizio!
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We are proud to announce that Gary Anderson has been elected Chair of the Landmarks Illinois Board of Directors. He served as the Vice Chair from 2019-2021. He also has co-chaired Landmarks Illinois’ DEI Collaborative. Gary continues his career of combining his passion for architecture with community activism and revitalization. As he marks his 40th year of the firm he founded, he is embracing this opportunity with Landmarks Illinois with enthusiasm and commitment.

Congratulations, Gary!

We are proud to announce that Gary Anderson has been elected Chair of the Landmarks Illinois Board of Directors. He served as the Vice Chair from 2019-2021. He also has co-chaired Landmarks Illinois’ DEI Collaborative. Gary continues his career of combining his passion for architecture with community activism and revitalization. As he marks his 40th year of the firm he founded, he is embracing this opportunity with Landmarks Illinois with enthusiasm and commitment.

Congratulations, Gary!
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HUGE congratulations. Thank you for ALL of your hard work to make our region better <3

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Have you yet heard the term “resimercial?” It’s the combination of residential and commercial design elements meant to help both users and patrons feel more comfortable and happier in commercial spaces. This trend of styling appeals to all ages and walks of life by promoting wellness in the corporate realm. We’ve really leaned into this concept in one of our latest projects and we couldn’t be more excited for construction to start!

Have you yet heard the term “resimercial?” It’s the combination of residential and commercial design elements meant to help both users and patrons feel more comfortable and happier in commercial spaces. This trend of styling appeals to all ages and walks of life by promoting wellness in the corporate realm. We’ve really leaned into this concept in one of our latest projects and we couldn’t be more excited for construction to start! ... See MoreSee Less

Every adaptive reuse opportunity begins with a vision.  And while narratives and renderings play a big role, we find the best way to envision what could be is by touring the building!

We’re excited to work with Gorman & Company, the City of Sterling - City Hall, and the city’s riverfront commission on master planning efforts for the Sterling Riverfront, which includes the former Lawrence Hardware and Stanley-National buildings.  Our primary aim for this tour was to envision both buildings as assets worth celebrating, each with a storied past and river views that just cannot be beat.

Every adaptive reuse opportunity begins with a vision. And while narratives and renderings play a big role, we find the best way to envision what could be is by touring the building!

We’re excited to work with Gorman & Company, the City of Sterling - City Hall, and the city’s riverfront commission on master planning efforts for the Sterling Riverfront, which includes the former Lawrence Hardware and Stanley-National buildings. Our primary aim for this tour was to envision both buildings as assets worth celebrating, each with a storied past and river views that just cannot be beat.
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The replacement building of the main Rockford Public Library is taking shape! 

The stairs and elevator towers are now complete, and precast columns and plank from Mid-States Concrete Industries are being installed over the lower level of the library.

You can check out the construction progress anytime here: https://bit.ly/rplconstruction

The replacement building of the main Rockford Public Library is taking shape!

The stairs and elevator towers are now complete, and precast columns and plank from Mid-States Concrete Industries are being installed over the lower level of the library.

You can check out the construction progress anytime here: bit.ly/rplconstruction
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Ride Illinois captured it well! Great day out by Keith Creek as we, The Lakota Group, Region 1 Planning Council, and Ride Illinois hosted a group of planners and engineers to share past and current planning efforts for the Keith Creek corridor as part of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter’s mobile workshop series. Guest appearance from Bob Campbell of ZION Development to share some context and neighborhood perspective. Any day on bikes with great minds and future plans is a good day!

Ride Illinois captured it well! Great day out by Keith Creek as we, The Lakota Group, Region 1 Planning Council, and Ride Illinois hosted a group of planners and engineers to share past and current planning efforts for the Keith Creek corridor as part of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter’s mobile workshop series. Guest appearance from Bob CampbeZION Developmentopment to share some context and neighborhood perspective. Any day on bikes with great minds and future plans is a good day! ... See MoreSee Less

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