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

Can an Introvert Succeed in the Design Field?

When you think of a designer, you may picture someone extroverted and outgoing who dramatically sells their creative vision. You may wonder whether someone who is more introverted can also succeed in the design field. Having successfully worked in this field for the past 15 years, I can say that the answer to that question... Read Full Post

RVi Promotes New Leadership in Austin

In recognition of their hard work and dedication, it is with great pleasure we announce the promotions of Mark Smith to Managing Principal, and Drew Carman to Director of Park Planning & Design! Mark has over 40 years of experience – 19 of those with RVi – and has been an integral part of RVi... Read Full Post

777 Tower at Novus Wins AZRE 2021 RED Award

This month we’re celebrating the 777 Tower at Novus Innovation Corridor project, which earned an AZRE 2021 RED Award for best office project more than 150,000 square feet! The Real Estate Development (RED) Awards are the “Academy Awards of commercial real estate,” according to Michael Gossie, editor in chief of AZ Big Media. The competition... Read Full Post

Career in Transition: From Public to Private Sector

There used to be one thing I dreaded most when I was a public sector planner. It was a link on our website that read: “Email all council members at once.” Oh, the power of that button. That button could lead to countless hours of extra assignments, stress, and project complications. While in some circumstances... Read Full Post

3D: The Missing Link in Design Communication

When you choose a profession that is related to the planning and design of the built environment, you are taught to design primarily in a two-dimensional format. Master plans, site plans, and construction drawings communicate the design efficiently so it can be interpreted by members of the technical team and ultimately used by a contractor... Read Full Post

Surprise City Council Approves RVi PAD Rezoning and Pre-Plat Plan for Rancho Vista

Earlier in February, RVi received unanimous approval from the City of Surprise City Council on the PAD Rezoning and Pre-Plat for the Rancho Vista community. Rancho Vista is an up-and-coming single-family development located within an active, growing area in Surprise, Arizona. Connectivity is a key focus in Rancho Vista, as the development features an extensive... Read Full Post