Our Voice

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.

University Engagement: The Importance of Giving Back

Crisp fall evenings at football games, late nights in the studio, endless debates over the meaning of life—it’s no exaggeration to say that most of us can, at times, be a little nostalgic about “the good old days” at the University. However, there is much more to our college experience than just pleasant memories and... Read Full Post

Chris Lalich: Globe Trotter, Certified Crafter

After visiting Iceland just last year, Project Director Chris Lalich continued his tour of countries beginning with the letter “I” with a trip to Ireland this month.  His week-long stay included stops in the cities of Dublin, Galway, Cork, and even Belfast to learn more about “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland.  Chris also visited natural... Read Full Post

On the Boards: RVi Selected for Park and Trail Planning Project

RVi is excited to begin working with the City of Pflugerville on a project aimed at guiding future development of the City’s park and trail system.  The first component of the project will involve the creation of a city-wide Trail Master Plan, which will determine future trail locations and trail design standards.  For the second... Read Full Post

RVi hosts ASLA/Austin Section Third Annual UT Student Portfolio Review

Landscape architecture students from The University of Texas at Austin gathered at RVi’s Austin office earlier this month for the 3rd Annual ASLA/Austin Section Student Portfolio Review.  Led by RVi’s Director of Design Mark Smith, the students enjoyed one-on-one critiques of their portfolios, as well as an informal networking session. Professionals from many Austin-area landscape... Read Full Post

All in Stride

Congratulations to RVi’s own Patrick McGannon, who finished the Austin Marathon earlier this month with a time of 3:39:15. The 26.2 mile course winds through some of Austin’s most famous areas, including Lady Bird Lake, the Allandale & Hyde Park neighborhoods, the UT Campus, and the State Capitol.  Patrick started training in September of last... Read Full Post

Full Speed Ahead on Cinco Trace Boulevard

RVi is excited to celebrate the completion of the first phase of work on Cinco Trace Boulevard.  As the main entrance to the newest phase of Cinco Ranch, the roadway helps create a sense of arrival for prospective residents and sets the tone for the community.  Other components of Phase I included a water feature... Read Full Post

The Process Behind Creative Design

As planners and landscape architects, our clients come to us for big ideas that will set the course for development of their projects. Because our design is inextricably tied to the land itself and the surrounding context, each project is different from the last and each project presents new challenges to be addressed. So with... Read Full Post

Breaking Ground at Oso Bay

Construction is beginning this month on Phase I of the Oso Bay Learning Center & Nature Preserve in Corpus Christi, Texas.  This phase includes just under a mile of hike and bike trails and a 250-ft long elevated boardwalk that extends 15 feet into the air, allowing for expansive views of Oso Bay and spectacular... Read Full Post

8 Key Principles for Successful Master Planned Communities

Since opening our doors in Austin in 1982, RVi has been involved in designing many types of master planned communities. In retrospect, we’ve weathered the ups and the downs of a sometimes volatile real estate market and we’ve seen residential development trends come and go.  We’ve also observed that a number of the planning principles... Read Full Post