Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects is a Minority Owned, CMS Certified, Bilingual Full Service Architectural Firm with dedicated and experienced professionals committed to improving the built environment combining design excellence, constructibility and functionality that are balanced with our client's needs and budget.

Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects has been commissioned to design a variety of projects for a diverse group of institutional, commercial, civic and private clients in various regions of the United States, Central and South America. Our buildings and interiors have been designed to convey a lasting image, as well as integrate the latest technology and sustainability. Current trends in the work, learning, healing and worship environments are integral parts of our design philosophy while at the same time creating lasting and durable environments.

Daniel G. Saavedra, AIA and Guy. D. Gehlhausen, AIA have collaborated on architectural projects for over thirty years. Our office, kept strategically small, allows principals and key personnel to focus attention on every detail throughout the project, no matter how small. Our work ranges in scale and type.

Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects has been involved in the design and construction of numerous governmental, educational, commercial and medical facilities. These facilities have ranged from banks to maintenance facilities. 

Numerous office buildings have been designed and executed ranging from 2,100 square feet to 250,00 square foot multi-specialty facilities. These structures have been executed in both the traditional design/bid/build delivery method, as well as the design/build delivery method.

Recently the firm was responsible for the design of the first LEED-Gold Certified projects in the Rockford area. One of these projects was the first LEED-Gold Certified community college in the state of Illinois.




Daniel G. Saavedra

Mr. Saavedra has more than twenty years of experience in the architectural profession. He has been Project Architect and Designer on a variety of project types including religious, commercial, institutional, residential, and health care facilities. His specific responsibilities have included programming and planning, project design and presentation, project development, preparation of construction documents, and specification writing.

Guy D. Gehlhausen

Mr. Gehlhausen has more than twenty years of experience in the architectural profession and is a Partner with Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects. He has been responsible for the planning of many facilities of various types, including offices, hospitals, clinics, airports, post offices, and religious facilities.

Jessica A. Adkins

Ms. Adkins has over 6 years of experience. Her responsibilities include client contact, contract preparation, filing, and various other administrative duties.

Jaime Chung

Architectural Draftsman

Cherise Meadows

Architectural Intern



American Institute of Architecture Awards
  • 2012 Award of Excellence

Rock Valley College Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math

Rockford, IL

  • 2012 Honor Award - Green Design

Rock Valley College Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math

Rockford, IL

  • 2012 Merit Award - Architectural Design

 Rock Valley College Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math

Rockford, IL

  • 2012 Honor Award - Architectural Design

Rock Valley College Physical Education Center

Rockford, IL

  • 2012 Merit Award - Green Design

Rock Valley College Physical Education Center

Rockford, IL

  • 2009 Merit Award

Rockford Art Museum Corporate Offices

Rockford, IL

  • 2009 Honor Award

Aurora University - Lake Geneva Campus

Music By the Lake

Aurora, IL

  • 2007 Honor Award

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rockford, IL

  • 2007 Merit Award

Hinsdale United Methodist Church

Hinsdale, IL

  • 2007 Merit Award

First Congregational Church

West Dundee, IL

  • 2005 Honor Award 

Barrington United Methodist Church

Barrington Hills, IL

  • 2005 Merit Award

First United Methodist Church

Belvidere, IL

  • 2002 Merit Award

Prairie Repose Cemetery Chapel

Amboy, IL

  • 2000 Honor Award

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church

Poplar Grove, IL

Miscellaneous Awards

Faith and Form Magazine

  • 2001 National Design Award

Renovation of Prairie Repose Cemetery Chapel

Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce

  • 2005 Isaac Wilson Award

Minority Enterprise

American Institute of Architects Illinois 150

  • Illinois Great Places

Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IL

  • Illinois Great Places

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Poplar Grove, IL

Woodworks North-Central Wood Design Awards

  • 2009 Institutional Wood Design Award winner

Hinsdale United Methodist Church, Hinsdale, IL

  • 2009 Commercial Wood Design Award Honorable Mention

Anderson Japanese Gardens Visitor's Center

Rockford, IL

River District Association Heart of Rockford Awards

  • 2010 Award Winner

Headquarters for Graham Spencer Advertising Design Renovation

Rockford, IL

Winnebago County Green Business Awards

  • 2010 Green Building Award

Physical Education Center Additions and Renovations

Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL

Village of Glen Ellyn, Illinois Award for Exterior Appearance

  • First Church of Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn, IL




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