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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

urban planning

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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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

We love a good ‘before-after’ post, so we figured we’d share one that’s near and dear to us: Our own office! 

After ten years of being in our Rockford location, we needed to reconfigure our office a bit to better accommodate our growing team.  Reducing our desk sizes enabled us to gain two new workstations, and a redesigned center island not only allows us collaborative space, but accommodations for additional team members in the future.  Shout out to Pierce Laminated Products for the install!

We love a good ‘before-after’ post, so we figured we’d share one that’s near and dear to us: Our own office!

After ten years of being in our Rockford location, we needed to reconfigure our office a bit to better accommodate our growing team. Reducing our desk sizes enabled us to gain two new workstations, and a redesigned center island not only allows us collaborative space, but accommodations for additional team members in thPierce Laminated Productsierce Laminated Products for the install!
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It’s not every day our entire staff enjoys a site visit, but when it comes to the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House we think it’s time well spent!

Since 2012, Studio GWA has assisted the City of Woodstock with a variety of restoration projects on the Courthouse and Sheriff’s House.  With both buildings being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features such as woodwork, transom windows, plasterwork, and much more will be restored and showcased within a completely renovated facility with an event space, retail, restaurant, and community spaces.

It’s not every day our entire staff enjoys a site visit, but when it comes to the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House we think it’s time well spent!

Since 2012, Studio GWA has assisted the City of Woodstock with a variety of restoration projects on the Courthouse and Sheriff’s House. With both buildings being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features such as woodwork, transom windows, plasterwork, and much more will be restored and showcased within a completely renovated facility with an event space, retail, restaurant, and community spaces.
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Glad to see that this project is moving along to the next major phase. Sure brings back great memories of working on these two wonderful buildings. I miss not being a part of the project team!

Welcome to the team!

This week we welcomed two new and one returning intern to our office: Fabrizio Ducato, Quinton Kammerer, and Dylan Rivera. Week 1 of their summer with us included a site visit to the Old McHenry County Courthouse in downtown Woodstock, Illinois to witness design work come to life through construction.  Fabrizio, Quinton, Dylan: We are thrilled to have you on the team!

Welcome to the team!

This week we welcomed two new and one returning intern to our office: Fabrizio Ducato, Quinton Kammerer, and Dylan Rivera. Week 1 of their summer with us included a site visit to the Old McHenry County Courthouse in downtown Woodstock, Illinois to witness design work come to life through construction. Fabrizio, Quinton, Dylan: We are thrilled to have you on the team!
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Welcome to the team!

This week we welcomed two new and one returning intern to our office: Fabrizio Ducato, Quinton Kammerer, and Dylan Rivera. Week 1 of their summer with us included a site visit to the Old McHenry County Courthouse in downtown Woodstock, Illinois to witness design work come to life through construction.  Fabrizio, Quinton, Dylan: We are thrilled to have you on the team!

Welcome to the team!

This week we welcomed two new and one returning intern to our office: Fabrizio Ducato, Quinton Kammerer, and Dylan Rivera. Week 1 of their summer with us included a site visit to the Old McHenry County Courthouse in downtown Woodstock, Illinois to witness design work come to life through construction.  Fabrizio, Quinton, Dylan: We are thrilled to have you on the team!
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The Rockford Public Library is reaching for the sky!   

The stair and elevator towers have been poured, the forms are being removed, and we’re ready for the precast columns and plank to be delivered for the covered parking below the library.  It’s exciting to see the library contribute to the downtown Rockford skyline, even during an active construction phase.

The Rockford Public Library is reaching for the sky!

The stair and elevator towers have been poured, the forms are being removed, and we’re ready for the precast columns and plank to be delivered for the covered parking below the library. It’s exciting to see the library contribute to the downtown Rockford skyline, even during an active construction phase.
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