About Us
Outside Partnership is a landscape architecture firm committed to revitalizing America’s communities and enhancing the quality of life.

We offer design and project management services for government agencies, land conservancies and universities. Our strengths include design and management of complex, fast-track projects that require interdisciplinary cooperation and consensus building.
We create engaging and vibrant spaces by providing a full range of design services:

Landscape Architecture
Site Planning
Urban Design
Park Design
Streetscape Design
Site Plan and Permit Approval

Outside Partnership offers current and environmentally effective solutions to today’s design challenges.
Project Experience
From city parks to casinos, from communities to corporate headquarters, our work has generated an international network of satisfied clients and citizens throughout the region and beyond.
Hefei University of Technology
Institute of Architectural Design
Hefei City, Anhui Province, China

Site Planning and Landscape Architecture OP

South Nantaiwu Golf Resort Community
Zhangzhou City, Xiamen, China

Site Master Planning OP

GG Brown Laboratory Building
Mechanical Engineering Addition
University of Michigan North Campus

Site Planning and Landscape Architecture OP

Detroit Institute of Arts Theatre Court
Landscape Architecture

Wayne State University
College of Pharmacy
Landscape Architecture

Rosa Parks Transit Center
Detroit Department of Transportation

Landscape Architecture

North Terminal
Detroit Metro Willow Run
Wayne County Airport Authority

Landscape Architecture

Compuware Headquarters
Streetscape Design

Detroit School of Arts
Site Planning

General Motors Global Headquarters
Landscape Architecture

General Motors River East
District Planning Guidelines
Streetscape Design

Grand Circus Park
Landscape Architecture

Harmonie Park Hilton Hotel
Landscape Architecture

Mexicantown Bagley Street
Streetscape Design
Grant Writing

Mexicantown International
Welcome Center and Mercado

Site Planning
Landscape Architecture

MGM Grand Detroit
Site Planning
Landscape Architecture
Jingxian High School and Sports Center
Campus Design
Jingxian County, China

Site Master PlanningOP

Lake Erie Transit Commission
SMART Terminal Renovations
Monroe County, MI

Landscape ArchitectureOP

Dequindre Cut Greenway Phase Two
Owner's Representation
Project / Grant Management OP

Palmer Court Townhomes
Site Plan Approval
Landscape Architecture

MGM Grand Detroit Temporary Casino
Site Planning
Landscape Architecture

Mt. Elliott Park
Landscape Architecture

St. Aubin Park Dry Dock
Landscape Architecture

Washington Boulevard Streetscape
Streetscape Design

Cobo Center Streetscape
Streetscape Design

Wayne State University
McGregor Pool Renovations

Site Design
Landscape Architecture

Wayne State University Welcome Center
Site Design
Landscape Architecture

Sisters of Mercy Campus Renovations
Landscape Architecture

Orchard Lake Road
Corridor Study
Master Planning

MGM Grand Las Vegas Wet Republic Ultra Pool
Site Planning
Landscape Architecture

Monte Carlo Casino and Hotel Porte-cochère
Landscape Architecture
Site Planning

Monte Carlo Casino and Hotel Pool Renovations
Landscape Architecture
Unless noted as OP, work performed while with Hamilton Anderson Associates or Albert Kahn Associates.
Project Images and Inspiration
GM Global Headquarters
Mexicantown Mercado
Jingxian High School, China
New Center Housing
Grand Circus Park
Grand Circus Park
Sports Complex, Jingxian, China
Wayne State College of Pharmacy
Campus Walk, Jingxian, China
MGM Grand Las Vegas Ultra Pool
Hefei University Hotel, China
Washington Boulevard Streetscape
MGM Grand Las Vegas Ultra Pool
Woodward/Mack Streetscape
Jingxian Campus, China
DIA Theatre Court
Jingxian Night Campus, China
MGM Grand Detroit 3rd Street
Rosa Parks Transit Center
Compuware Streetscape
Washington Boulevard Streetscape
Palmer Court Townhomes
Licensed in Michigan, California, Louisiana, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2.0 Accredited Professional

Michigan Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MDOT MUCP)

Wayne County Airport Authority Small Business Enterprise (SBE09-0083)

Wayne County Small Business Enterprise

Wayne County Minority Business Enterprise

Detroit Minority Owned Business Enterprise

Council of Landscape Architects Registration Boards (CLARB) Certified

Small Business Administration Small Business Enterprise

Small Business Administration Minority-Owned Business Enterprise

While accomplishing the goals of our clients and helping communities create environmentally, culturally and economically sustainable spaces is reward in itself, we are honored to receive these accolades.

American Institute of Architects
Chicago Merit Award
Detroit Merit Award

American Society of Landscape Architects
Leadership Award
Merit Award
Michigan Chapter Awards

Detroit Recreation Department
Consultant Award of Excellence

Engineering Society
Detroit Honor Award

Michigan Society of Planning Association
Outstanding Project Award
David I Tobar, ASLA, Owner

David Tobar has 20+ years of comprehensive experience involving design and planning for public infrastructure, urban parks, residential communities and resort developments. He thrives on the face-to-face collaboration with stakeholders required to develop successful implementation and construction strategies.

After receiving his BLA from Michigan State University (1989) and MLA from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (1991), David worked for prestigious architecture firms Albert Kahn Associates and Hamilton Anderson Associates. He launched Outside Partnership LLC in 2009.

Licensed in seven states, David received his Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board Certification in 2002 and LEED 2.0 Accreditation in 2004. As a former American Society of Landscape Architects Michigan Chapter president, current Ferndale Brownfield Redevelopment Authority member and current Michigan State University Landscape Architecture Program Board Member, he is committed to the beautification of urban and civic spaces throughout Michigan and beyond.

David lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with his wife Stacey and their two children.
Contact Us
David I Tobar, Partner
313 887 4080

Contact us to make your project a reality.
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