About

The Toledo Design Collective is inspiring transformative growth through urban planning and thoughtful design.

Who We Are

As a non-profit organization, our full-time staff, supported by our active volunteer board, is dedicated to improving the function and aesthetic of the Toledo region.

Our expertise and passion stems from decades of combined experience as architects, city planners, urban developers, community leaders and devoted Toledo residents.

Studio Director

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth works to increase awareness of the TDC’s mission that thoughtful urban design and planning should be a right of everyone, not a privilege of few. She has fostered meaningful relationships with neighborhood organizations through her passion of equity through sustainable urban design. Elizabeth has been with the Toledo Design Collective since 2017. She is a Toledo native and a graduate of Kent State University, with master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Design.

Urban Planner

Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart is an Urban Planner with the TDC. Sean was born and raised in Toledo, having grown up in both the Junction and Englewood neighborhoods. Sean graduated from the University of Toledo with his Master's of Public Administration and certificate of Urban and Regional Planning. He wishes to use his skills to help bring positive change to Toledo.

Our Executive Board

Mac Driscoll

Board Co-Chair. Mac is an urban planner for ConnecToledo, the Downtown Toledo Development Corporation. He has a Master of Urban Planning and Development from Cleveland State University.

Alissa O'Neil

Chair, Committee on Directors. Alissa is an Architect at The Collaborative. A lifelong resident of the Toledo region, she graduated from Central Catholic High School and received her Master of Architecture from University of Cincinnati.

Linda Beall

TDC Outreach and Education Chair. Linda is an Architect and Asst. Teaching Professor at B.G.S.U. School of the Built Environment. She holds an M. Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture and a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute.

Bill Thomas

TDC Treasurer. Bill has an extensive real estate background specializing in acquisition, disposition, site selection and all facility management disciplines.

Jennifer Van Horn

TDC Board Chair. Jennifer is the Vice President of Construction and Planning at the Toledo Zoo. She received her Master of Architecture from Miami University.

Martin Jarret

TDC Projects Committee Chair. Martin received an engineering degree from Northeastern and Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech. He has 40 years of diverse planning and community development experience.

Long-Lasting Impact

Prioritizing urban planning and design impacts quality of life, making Toledo a more desirable place to live, work and play. Our impact is both long-term and short-term—engaging communities in an immediate conversation and casting an ongoing vision for the future.

Positive Outcomes
  • Engages communities
  • Increases sense of belonging in neighborhoods
  • Increases tourism and urban development
  • Increases environmental sustainability
  • Improves traffic flow
  • Repurposes previously vacant structures and land