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Bob Richardson Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced this week that RVi Founder and CEO Bob Richardson has been elevated to the prestigious Council of Fellows.  Fellowship is among the highest honors that ASLA bestows upon its members. Bob was nominated in the Leadership/Management category, which recognizes exemplary leadership, administration, and management of people, projects,... Read Full Post

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RViers Leading ULI NEXT Initiative

Last year, ULI Austin began a new initiative called ULI NEXT. Aimed at engaging leaders in the 35-45 age range, the program seeks to provide educational and network-building opportunities for members as they rise to leadership positions within the industry. Each flight of participants includes 15-18 people working as a group to facilitate guest speakers,... Read Full Post

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Mueller Takes Home ABJ's Community of the Year Award

More than a decade after its inception, the Mueller master planned community in Austin is still earning top honors. Last month, the Austin Business Journal recognized Mueller as Community of the Year at the annual Residential Real Estate Awards luncheon. The 700-acre new urbanist development is located on the former site of Austin’s first airport.... Read Full Post

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Plant of the Month: Dwarf Palmetto

Also known as: Palmetto, Bush Palmetto, Blue Palm Scientific name: Sabal minor Did you know? Dwarf Palmetto is the most cold hardy Sabal palm. The fruit of Dwarf Palmetto is edible when it is a flat black color and has a flavor similar to dates. Sabal minor is often confused with Texas Palmetto (Sabal Mexicana).... Read Full Post

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Client Profile: Dan Naef, Rise Communities

Amidst the buzz of an active residential market in Houston, Rise Communities is standing out from the crowd with their two new master planned communities, Cane Island and Meridiana.  Winner of the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, Cane Island has set a new standard for forward-thinking planning, inspired architectural design, and creative amenities.  And... Read Full Post

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The Overlooked Origins of Landscape Architecture

When asked the familiar question, “What do you do?” many landscape architects will attest to the need for further explanation beyond the simple “I’m a landscape architect.”  Personally, my response is typically qualified with an explanation of park, trail and open space design, working with local municipalities, and a description of the role of a... Read Full Post

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Plant of the Month: Ocotillo

Also known as: Candlewood, Devil’s Walking Stick Scientific name: Fouquieria splendens Did you know? Ocotillo translates to “little pine” and may be a reference to the oily resin that coats the plant’s stems. Ocotillo is typically leafless most of the year and only produces leaves when it receives water, with the leaves dropping off once... Read Full Post

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San Gabriel Park Spring Restoration Effort Featured at Texas Conservation Symposium

With construction set to begin soon on Phase I of the City of Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park renovation, RVi Project Manager Drew Carman recently presented his team’s work on the spring restoration aspect of the project’s design.  Speaking at the Williamson County Conservation Foundation’s Texas Conservation Symposium earlier this month, Drew detailed the research and... Read Full Post