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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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Our conference room has never looked so good! Thanks to @focalpointlights and PG enlighten, Chicago, our new light fixture has elevated our virtual meeting game. We paired a couple Seem 1 Acoustic Trio fixtures to make what we call the “dogbone,” and with these puppies (get it?) absorbing up to 40% more sound than standard linear baffles, not only does it look great in here, but it sounds great too!

Our conference room has never looked so good! Thanks to @focalpointlights and PG enlighten, Chicago, our new light fixture has elevated our virtual meeting game. We paired a couple Seem 1 Acoustic Trio fixtures to make what we call the “dogbone,” and with these puppies (get it?) absorbing up to 40% more sound than standard linear baffles, not only does it look great in here, but it sounds great too! ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks Meghann for sending your birthday boy Aaron in with amazing cinnamon rolls!!!

Thanks Meghann for sending your birthday boy Aaron in with amazing cinnamon rolls!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Birthday, Aaron!

We love calling Prairie Street Brewhouse home, and just as happy to have Fehr Graham as our neighbors! ... See MoreSee Less

A big thank you to Polly from Bella Luna for stopping by with pies for us yesterday!

A big thank you to Polly from Bella Luna for stopping by with pies for us yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less

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This week’s Smart Growth America Racial Equity Summit has been jam-packed with strategies for centering racial equity in planning and development work.   Andre Perrys Day 1 keynote has been the jumping-off point for fruitful discussion throughout the summit: “Equity is stimulus. If you want to grow the economy, if you want to improve conditions, build equity.”

Day 3 begins at 10a CST today. Catch up on days 1 and 2, and register for today’s session, here:
https://smartgrowthamerica.org/equity-summit/
#smartgrowthequity

This week’s Smart Growth America Racial Equity Summit has been jam-packed with strategies for centering racial equity in planning and development work. Andre Perry's Day 1 keynote has been the jumping-off point for fruitful discussion throughout the summit: “Equity is stimulus. If you want to grow the economy, if you want to improve conditions, build equity.”

Day 3 begins at 10a CST today. Catch up on days 1 and 2, and register for today’s session, here:
smartgrowthamerica.org/equity-summit/
#smartgrowthequity
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Studio GWA goes north! Although were mainly working from home, we still need to make the occasional site visit. Sometimes that site just happens to be a majestic cabin in the woods. Using Matterport scanning technology, were able to gather pictures, site context, and point clouds that allow us to recreate existing building conditions quickly and efficiently.

Studio GWA goes north! Although we're mainly working from home, we still need to make the occasional site visit. Sometimes that site just happens to be a majestic cabin in the woods. Using Matterport scanning technology, we're able to gather pictures, site context, and point clouds that allow us to recreate existing building conditions quickly and efficiently. ... See MoreSee Less

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