The Toledo Design Collective is a volunteer-supported, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions help further the mission of the TDC.

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Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10k (to jumpstart this year’s effort with $20k), by an anonymous foundation. Match is awarded in 2020 for the TDC Legacy Fund. You can donate today using the link below.


Robert Seyfang, AIA

Robert Seyfang founded of the Toledo Design Collective (Center) in 2001 following his retirement from the architectural/planning firm of Seyfang Blanchard Duket Porter.

He began the firm as Robert F. Seyfang, A.I.A. in 1971. After graduating from Miami University in 1959 with Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of City Design degree in 1961, he became a licensed architect in 1965.

He is considered an “urban pioneer” in Toledo after buying and completely renovating the Bakery Building into five commercial and eight residential loft spaces in the then emerging historic Toledo Warehouse District in 1988. He moved his architectural firm and residence into the building a year later.

He also was a founder of the Downtown Toledo Parking Authority in 1996, served as the first Chairperson of the Board of Directors and continued to serve on the Board until 2018. He also helped to develop the Downtown Toledo Development Corporation now known as ConnecToledo. Other civic organizations he has served include American Institute of Architects, Toledo (President in 1976), AIAOhio Foundation Board, the Toledo Warehouse District Association, The Salvation Army (Chairperson, 2007 & 2008) and the Perrysburg Ohio Historic Landmarks District Commission and currently represents the TDC on the Marina District Architectural Review Committee.

The Toledo Design Collective has emerged and developed from a somewhat vague idea into a viable and effective community advocate for design and planning excellence in the first twenty years of existence. The next twenty years are envisioned to have even greater potential based on outstanding current staff leadership and mentoring ability, effective Advisory Board participation and enthusiasm and especially a dire community need to continue striving to maintain Toledo as a great place to live, work and enjoy.

30+ Careers

TDC employs 3-5 interns each year. To date, TDC has helped launch the careers of more than 30 individuals.

43 Projects

Since 2001 TDC has completed 14 Neighborhood Master Plans, in addition to other projects, studies, workshops, and charrettes. This year we’re working on four master plans in addition to two other major projects.

$25k Grant

TDC was awarded its first ever grant this year, a grant from Fifth Third Bank for neighborhood development.

We need your support

The power of the TDC’s board of professional volunteers cannot be delivered without the time and talent of our full-time staff and paid interns. The Legacy Fund makes these positions possible, which allows us to better fulfill our mission advocating for excellence in design and planning for Toledo.