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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.

On the Move at RVi

In recognition of their hard work and dedication, the following RViers have received promotions: Chris Lalich has been promoted to Project Director.  A member of the RVi team for over 15 years, Chris has been instrumental in the success of many RVi parks projects, including the Southwest Greenway at Mueller, Georgetown San Gabriel River Trail, and the... Read Full Post

Chris Crawford Explores His Artistic Side

In a nostalgic nod toward his youth, RVi Vice President Chris Crawford recently completed a series of watercolor classes at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center. Crawford credits his early experience with watercolor and a summer job at his local garden center as the two experiences that most influenced his career in landscape architecture.  “When I was nine... Read Full Post

Client Profile: Curtis Davidson

This month, we sat down with RVi client Curtis Davidson of Cadence Development to discuss his firm’s unique business model and how they have successfully adjusted their core services to take advantage of the changing real estate market. Curtis has led many successful development ventures in Austin and throughout the United States – from the... Read Full Post

Proposed Jacob's Well Master Plan Debuts at Public Open House

Over the past few months, RVi has been working with Hays County and a group of stakeholders consisting of local residents, current volunteers on site, county staff, and elected officials to develop a master plan for the 81.6-acre Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley, Texas.  The draft of the master plan will be presented to... Read Full Post

RVi Heads to Aggieland

RVi Principal Mark Smith, Designer Jesse Van Wick, and Intern Jordan Boan recently attended the 2012 Aggie Workshop in College Station. The event, which draws students and professionals together in a combination of networking, seminars, and design charrettes, is an annual tradition at RVi. This year, RVi’s design charrette was based on our recent Texas... Read Full Post

So...You Want a Waterfall? Building Consensus for Public Projects

Over the past three decades, RVi has been involved in dozens of projects that have both required and benefited from the public input process.  During this time, we have strengthened our understanding of the process and refined our techniques.  As RVi approaches its 30th anniversary, we decided to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned and... Read Full Post

Mueller Gardens in the Spotlight

This month, RVi’s work at the Mueller Development was featured on KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener program. During the segment, RVi Landscape Architect Chris Lalich described the story behind the prairie restoration effort at Mueller, as well as the native demonstration gardens that have been embraced by visitors and residents alike. Chris has been involved in... Read Full Post

Courtyard Goes WILD (Basin)

This month’s spotlight features an exciting new project at St. Edward’s University – the John Brooks Williams Natural Science and Technology Center – South Building. RVi has worked closely with Sasaki Associates for more than 10 years on the St. Edward’s University master plan, helping enhance the campus’ outdoor spaces and is working closely with... Read Full Post