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Gary W. Anderson Architects is a full service architecture firm with a diverse portfolio in preservation, adaptive building reuse, new construction, and visionary planning.

We are the leaders in the renovation of historic structures in Rockford Illinois and the region. We have developed a reputation for revitalizing and giving new life to the existing structures, while being sensitive to their character and charm.

Our new construction portfolio includes commercial buildings, office spaces, custom homes, and recreation/entertainment facilities. Our work is characterized by individual approach and a focus on environmental sustainability, functionality, and building spaces that are unique.

Since 1982, our vision and mission has been to partner with individuals, organizations and communities to improve the quality of life through design. We are committed to inspire and instill a sense of shared ownership and appreciation of history, creating a legacy for future generations. We are a creative and visionary team and believe in engaging the community through architecture and design.

Approach & Process

At Gary W. Anderson Architects we approach the architectural design as a collaborative process that brings a TEAM that includes the CLIENT, the ARCHITECT, the SPECIALTY CONSULTANTS, and the CONTRACTOR. The architect serves as the leader of the process.

Each project presents a host of opportunities to deliver the development on time, on budget, and be innovative and creative.We manage resources, time, and energy to develop and create the vision our client aspires to see. Architecture is more than art form. It is an expression of function and creating an environment that impacts lives and makes the difference in the quality of the space.


We offer these phases in developing your project:

  • Master Planning and Financial Feasibility
  • Pre-Design/Programming/Measurements/Sketching
  • Schematic Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Bidding & Negotiations
  • Construction Administration


The term “Sustainable architecture” is being used to describe the movement associated with environmentally conscious architectural design. Our firm has been committed for over 32 years to design and development a sustainable program for our clients and the environment. Our past projects have incorporated sustainable techniques including passive and active solar, geothermal systems for domestic hot water and interior heating and cooling, low embodied energy, natural day lighting, recycled materials, and healthy indoor air quality. Providing efficient lighting and mechanical systems to reduce operating costs has always been a priority for our clients.

Recognition: Gary W. Anderson Architects served as the LEED designer for the Nicholas Conservatory project, providing materials and system specifications along with appropriate LEED design concepts and recommendations to the owner. In December 2013, the Nicholas Conservatory received the LEED GOLD Award for New Construction from U.S. Green Building Council as recognition that the project had fulfilled the established requirements at the highest level.

Sustainability can be measured by its durability, maintenance level, and recyclability, as well as economic savings related to its construction, profitability, and building value.

Our Team

  • Principal Architect

    Gary has over 40 years of experience in renovation, restoration, construction, and development. As the firm owner and lead architect, Gary helps...

  • Partner

    Jennifer is a practicing architect with over 14 years of experience in all phases of architectural design and construction, specializing in historic rehab...

  • Project Architect

    Aaron is a Project Architect at Gary W Anderson Architects team with a background in historic renovation, project management, and carpentry. With over 12 years …

  • Urban Planner

    Ashley is an urban planner, joining the Gary W. Anderson Architects team with a background in municipal economic development. She has the ability...

  • Architectural Technologist

    Jacob has worked in the architecture profession as well as the construction industry for the past 10 years. As an Architectural Designer, he has...

  • Administrative Assistant/Interior Designer

    Emily provides executive-level assistance to the Principal Architect and assists in the facilitation and execution of administrative responsibilities...

  • Architectural Drafter

    Selena joined Gary W. Anderson Architects to work as an Architectural Drafter.  She professionally supports projects in preliminary design and schematic design phases by …

  • Senior Architectural Designer

    David has over 42 years of experience in developing construction documents and details. He is involved in managing in-house production activities...

  • Accounting/Office Manager

    Irina joined Gary W. Anderson Architects in January 2011. Her primary role is managing accounting and financial aspects of the business, as well as...


Heart of Rockford Award

2016 – Heart of Rockford Award given to Gary in grateful appreciation for many years of his dedication and passion for the River District, downtown Rockford

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award

2015 – Richard Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois for Prairie Street Brewhouse Rehabilitation Historic preservation wins big honors for Prairie Street Brewhouse, Laurent House in Rockford   …

Gold Award in LEED

2013 – Gold Award in LEED for new construction from Rockford Park District for Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens green technologies implementation

Gold Medal Award

2012 – Gold Medal Award given to Gary W. Anderson from AIA Illinois in recognition of outstanding lifetime service by an AIA member

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award

2009 – Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award from Landmarks Illinois for Garrison School renovation and design See this project.

Jury Choice Award

2007 – Jury Choice Award from Northern Illinois Chapter of AIA for Richardson Building renovation and design

The 2006 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

2006 – Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois for Richardson Building preservation

Best of Heart of Rockford Award

2005 – Best of Heart of Rockford Award from City of Rockford for Rockford Bank & Trust Building renovation and design

Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture

1997 – Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture from Northern Illinois Chapter of AIA for Crusader Clinic, Rockford renovation and design

Honor Award Nominee for Standards of Excellence in Design

1997 – Honor Award for Standards of Excellence in Design from Northern Illinois Chapter of AIA for Olson Residence

Project of Distinction for Restoration / Rehabilitation

1994 – Project of Distinction for Restoration/Rehabilitation from State of Wisconsin Association of Builders & Contractors for historic renovation of Lincoln-Tallman house, Janesville

Heart of Rockford Award

1987 – Heart of Rockford award form City of Rockford for Gary’s Anderson personal commitment