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The ideas behind the ideas, and what pictures don’t show.

Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

Take a Virtual Tour of La Cima’s Exciting New Amenity Center

RVi is leveraging new technology to create tremendous value for our clients and project teams. Using drones, 3D visualization, and virtual reality, we are able to better capture, analyze, and communicate critical project information. Recently, RVi has been working closely with Jackson McElhaney Architects on the design for La Cima’s future amenity center, creating a... Read Full Post

To be a Better Designer, Never Grow Up

Occasionally as landscape architects we are tasked with designing an environment for a user group that we ourselves belong to or have belonged to in the past – such as designing for a college campus or a neighborhood park. But more often than not, we must put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Not every project... Read Full Post

You’re Not Done Yet: The Importance of Construction Administration in the Design Process

In the course of practicing landscape architecture, we become quite familiar with the steps in the design process: site analysis, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration/observation. As a young landscape architect, I can remember finishing a set of construction documents, completing the bidding phase, and feeling a great sense of relief... Read Full Post

Ellsworth Ranch Closer to Reality with Town Approval

Earlier this month, the Ellsworth Ranch community took a major step forward when the Queen Creek Town Council approved the rezoning of the 190-acre development. RVi has been working with developer Taylor Morrison, land use attorney Shaine Alleman of Tiffany & Bosco, civil engineer Wood Patel, as well as the Town of Queen Creek and... Read Full Post

The Element of Anthropology in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is not just about knowing your plants, or designing a retaining wall, or being able to answer the age-old question, Why is my grass turning brown? (Please don’t ask us about your grass.) Inherent in the profession of landscape architecture is the need to understand how people live; the ability to recognize what... Read Full Post

Designing for an Uncertain Future

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives, at RVi we are coming to terms with the fact that the virus is also impacting the way we design community amenities. In early March, we were forging ahead with the design of amenity centers as though everything would soon return to normal.... Read Full Post

The Rise of Single Family for Rent

Through most of my professional career, I have considered myself a big picture designer. I never really dove into the weeds of design, but instead focused on the overall vision and concept of a project. That is, until we hit the great recession from 2007-2009. Coming out of the recession, infill developments were first to... Read Full Post

Keep Your Project Moving Forward with Virtual Site Visits

With the mountain of changes that are suddenly upon us due to COVID-19, the business world is turning to digital tools more quickly than we ever thought possible. Many of us are stepping outside our comfort zones to find new solutions. Virtual meetings are now the primary way that we are communicating with our teams,... Read Full Post