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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.

Keep Calm and Doodle On

As a recent graduate from the Landscape Architecture program at Kansas State University, I have had a lot of practice taking notes. But looking back on my old school notebooks, I’ve noticed that most of my notes aren’t notes at all – they are doodles of birds, faces, hands, or whatever happened to be in... Read Full Post

A Greener Childhood Can Lead To Happier Adulthood

It’s known that nature is good for us but its precise impact on our well-being can be challenging to articulate. An important new study from Aarhus University in Denmark found that when children grow up surrounded by green space, they have up to 55% less risk of developing a wide range of mental health problems... Read Full Post

Below the Surface: The Hidden Functionality of Amenity Lakes

They say everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. Mine came this month when I was interviewed by our local PBS station, KLRU, for their Decibel program. This particular segment focused on Austin’s Water Pressures, and for my part we focused on how stormwater is handled at Mueller through a series of water quality ponds.... Read Full Post

4 Key Strategies for a Successful Public Engagement Meeting

When managed well, public engagement in the design process can build momentum and support for the project, solve problems, and help ensure the project is as responsive as possible to the community’s needs and desires. With decades of public involvement under our belts, we offer the following tips for planning and executing a successful public... Read Full Post

RVi Brand Refresh Part III: Walking the Walk

RVi’s brand refresh is not just a marketing exercise; it is an opportunity for self-reflection and self-improvement in all that we do as a firm. Our annual Auctus Innovation Competition challenges RVi employees to come up with an innovative idea that can be meaningfully advanced in a year’s time. This year, all entries focused on... Read Full Post

RVi Brand Refresh Part I: Articulating our Purpose

About this time last year, our leadership team was seated around a conference room table in Galveston, Texas, discussing the nuanced difference between what, how, and why. It was a discussion that kicked off a year’s worth of searching, discovery, and synthesis, and is now culminating in the launch of the refreshed RVi brand later... Read Full Post

The Need for Green

Whether you’re booking it across hot pavement to your next meeting, or commuting through traffic in a stifling car, record highs across the country this summer highlight the critical need for parks as fundamental elements of our cities. An oasis of green space, parks provide havens for young and old alike, and serve as much... Read Full Post

Storied Park Pens Next Chapter

How do you preserve a historic and well-loved community amenity, yet breathe new life into it at the same time? The challenge cannot be overstated. This type of project requires a careful balancing act between honoring the past and developing an inspiring vision for the future. Situated along the scenic banks of the San Gabriel... Read Full Post