Toledo is one of the best places to reside in Ohio because of its quality of life, low cost of living, and highly rated schools. Its affordability makes it a great place to start a family; plus, there are plenty of recreational activities for everyone to enjoy. Aside from recreation, the city offers endless dining options, bars, and shopping centers in its downtown area. The list below contains eight of the best multifamily architects in the area. They were chosen based on their experience, awards, and portfolio.

Quinn Evans

219 ½ N. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Quinn Evans is a Michigan-based full-service architectural firm providing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability, historic preservation, new construction, and renovation services across Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Richmond, Virginia. For 38 years, it has been passionate about creating elegant designs and well-crafted solutions that sustain or improve the built environment. Its solutions aim to connect people to communities and make an impact that lasts for generations.

The firm runs under the leadership of Carl Elefante and Larry Barr. The former is an architect, preservation specialist, and sustainability advocate. Meanwhile, Larry serves as the company’s president and CEO. He brings 27 years of in-depth construction experience and knowledge and has directed the restoration of many of the nation’s most prominent landmarks.

Hobbs+Black Architects

100 N State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Hobbs+Black Architects is a nationally-acclaimed full-service architecture firm with over 56 years of experience in the industry. Since 1965, it has employed a diversified practice to create unique design solutions despite any challenges. Hobbs+Black Architects specializes in architectural design, interior design, and planning with a portfolio consisting of civic, education, health care, industrial, living spaces, and retail projects. It is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and extends its services to Toledo, Dayton, Columbus, Findlay, Sylvania, Michigan, and Arizona.

William S. Hobbs is the president and founder of Hobbs+Black Architects. For over five decades, he has directed the design and management of Hobbs+Black, overseeing the firm’s overall operations and performing the final review for all projects. He is a registered architect in over 30 states and has served as design team leader for various projects, including office, government, and commercial facilities. In 2017, the firm was recognized as the Firm of the Year by AIA Mid-Michigan Honor Awards.

Ghafari Associates

211 West Fort Street, Suite 510 Detroit, MI 48226

Established in 1982, Ghafari Associates is an architecture firm specializing in architecture, construction, engineering, ICT + security, innovation, interior design, operations + systems engineering, and lean consulting + vplanner services. It is driven by its dedication to understanding and meeting the distinct needs of its clients and blending their ideas with technological innovation. For 40 years, the firm has served clients throughout Toledo, Perrysburg, Lake Township, and Michigan, working with customers across different market sectors, such as aviation, commercial, education, government, and industrial.

Ghafari Associates is led by Kouhaila Hammer, Ron Moran, and Yousif Ghafari. Kouhaila has an accounting background and joined the team as a chief financial officer in 1986 and became president and CEO in 2000. Meanwhile, Ron joined the company in 2003 and currently serves as the vice president of the Detroit office. Finally, Yousif is the chairman and founder of Ghafari Associates. He is a recognized leader and has led numerous expansions, diversification initiatives, and technology investments throughout his career.

The Collaborative, Inc.

One SeaGate, Park Level 118, Toledo, OH 43604

The Collaborative, Inc. has five decades of experience providing clients with impressive archi­tec­ture, land­scape archi­tec­ture, inte­ri­or design, and planning services. Since 1973, it has created innovative and aesthetically pleasing solutions that are cost considerate. Over the years, The Collaborative, Inc. has built an impressive portfolio of higher education, commercial, corporate, sports/recreation, and K-12 projects. It has offices in Toledo and Ann Arbor and serves clients across states, particularly Toledo, Columbus, Maumee, Perrysburg, Kent, Granville, and Ottawa Hills areas.

The team offers in-depth knowledge of the construction industry combined with years of extensive experience. They are led by Dave Serra, who provides a wealth of expe­ri­ence in K‑12 and high­er edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion­al projects span­ning over 25 years and more than 100 campuses. Multiple presses have featured the firm, including the City of Toledo, 13abc, The Business Journals, and Toledo Blade.

Kraemer Design Group

1420 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226

Kraemer Design Group has created thoughtful architecture and interior design for 26 years. It is a leading, high-end architecture, interior design, and creative firm in Detroit, specializing in architecture, interiors, consulting, historic preservation, multifamily architecture, and commercial renovations. Kraemer Design Group employs its unique concept to balance creative thinking and technicalities perfectly. The firm extends its services to Toledo, Charleston, Detroit, and throughout the Midwest.

Its passion for reviving and designing buildings in Detroit enabled the firm to garner national exposure and notable recognitions, such as the “Cool Places to Work” in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business and the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Bob Kraemer, Maureen Kraemer, and Brian Rebain direct the firm. The principals’ architecture expertise helped the company grow to what it is today.

Berardi Partners, Inc.

1398 Goodale Blvd Columbus, OH 43212

Berardi + Partners is an Ohio-based full-service, multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, and engineering firm serving Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown, Xenia, and Cleveland. It was formed in 1979 and has offered architectural design, interior design, engineering, historic consultation, evaluation assistance, and construction administration services. It also combines intelligent architectural design, engineering, and sound planning to make every project a success. For 40 years, the firm has formed trusted partnerships for delivering solutions on time and within the budget.

The team runs under the direction of George Berardi, Jim Mcdonald, and Bryan Cook. The principals are all members of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and bring decades of comprehensive architecture experience. Berardi + Partners was featured by multiple press publications, such as Affordable Housing Finance, The Business Journals, Columbus Underground, and Richland Source.

Andrews Architects, Inc.

130 East Wilson Bridge Rd. Suite 50, Worthington, OH 43085

Andrews Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural firm building thoughtful designs and proven solutions since 1985. It is headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, and it provides planning, architecture, and interior design services to Toledo, Columbus, Canal Winchester, Dayton, Dublin, and St. Marys. In addition to its core service specializations, the firm also designs multi-family communities and hospitality environments. In each project it handles, Andrews Architects, Inc. focuses on understanding the needs and requirements of its clients and their businesses and customers.

Andrews Architects, Inc. is managed by William Andrews. He serves as the organization’s president and oversees the firm’s daily operations. The company’s impressive portfolio has caught the attention of several new customers, and it has also worked with numerous repeat clients.

Duke Architecture & Design, LLC.

4812 Sylvan Prairie Ct., Sylvania, OH 43560

Duke Architecture & Design, LLC. is an architecture firm offering professional architectural and design services to Toledo, Ohio, Michigan, and Florida. It opened its doors in 1976 and has provided architecture, design, illustration, interior, and LEED services. From project concept to completion, the team manages every aspect of the entire process with unmatched professionalism and keen attention to detail. The firm believes that safety and sustainability must always be considered. From minor to complex projects, Duke Architecture & Design, LLC. strives to create suitable products to make all ideas tangible.

The firm operates under the supervision of Gregory Kissner. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and actively manages each project. He completed his degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. 


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