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

How the Great Outdoors Becomes a Great User Experience

Connection with nature through outdoor exercise is a passion for many people. But when you think about it, “the outdoors” is a very large and undefined space. As landscape architects and planners, part of our job is to help provide context for this vast space and to help define the user experience for those who... Read Full Post

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

A Video Interview is still an Interview! 5 Tips to Help You Land a Job in the Remote Environment

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the nation earlier this year, design firms everywhere cautiously put their hiring plans on hold. As a result, design school grads entering the workforce this spring found an unsettlingly quiet job market waiting for them. Today, with many firms returning to “recruiting” mode, those candidates still looking for work... 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

777 Tower Team Completes First Building in ASU Novus Corridor

Last month, our team completed construction on the 777 Tower, the first office building to be built in Arizona State University’s 350-acre Novus Innovation Corridor. Developed by Ryan Companies in partnership with ASU’s real estate subsidiary University Realty and Novus master developer Catellus Development Corporation, this 6-story building includes 160,000 sf of multi-tenant office space... Read Full Post

The Golden Rule Also Applies in Business

I am now three years out of grad school, and one thing I have observed that one of the most important considerations in life and in business is how you treat people matters. This simple, yet sometimes overlooked principle begins when you step in the door of the office and interact with your coworkers, and... 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

New Segment of Brushy Creek Regional Trail Officially Open!

Earlier in July, the newest section of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail opened to the public in Round Rock, Texas. The new 0.9-mile out-and-back segment starts near the shore of Brushy Creek at the northwest corner of the Creekside Plaza Shopping Center at Chisholm Trail. Construction funding came from an award by CAMPO through the... Read Full Post