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.

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

Statesman Features Profile of RVi's 30-Year History

On the eve of RVi’s 30th anniversary, Bob Richardson and Chris Crawford sat down with the Austin-American Statesman to reflect on the last 30 years of growth and development in Austin, as well as how the firm’s projects have helped shape the Central Texas landscape.  From prominent master planned communities like Steiner Ranch and Belterra... Read Full Post

More RViers on the Move

RVi is pleased to welcome Chip Mills back to our team in the role of Project Director.  Chip worked previously with RVi from 2003 to 2007 on projects such as Belterra in Dripping Springs, Cordillera Ranch in Boerne and Steiner Ranch in Austin.  Since leaving RVi, Chip served as Executive Director of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce... Read Full Post

Vibrant Mixed-Use Community Planned for Central Texas Growth Corridor

Located midway between Austin and San Antonio in an area poised for substantial growth, plans for the 2,430-acre mixed-use Veramendi community are moving full speed ahead. The community will feature over 5,000 homes on 1.7 miles of Guadalupe River frontage in New Braunfels, with parks, greenbelts, and trails.  Developer ASA Properties also plans for 380 acres of non-residential uses,... Read Full Post

Presidential Update

RVi is pleased to announce that Chris Crawford has been named President of the firm.  Bob Richardson, founding principal and President since the firm’s inception in 1982, will continue to be actively involved as RVi’s CEO. “Chris assuming the role of President is part of the long-term strategy for our firm.  It acknowledges his strong... Read Full Post

Reunion Ranch Moving Forward

Dirt is starting to turn at the long-anticipated Reunion Ranch community in Dripping Springs. Taylor Morrison recently acquired the 524-acre master planned community and secured a Development Agreement from the City in March. RVi developed the land plan for Reunion Ranch and was retained by Taylor Morrison to provide landscape architecture services, including park planning and design... Read Full Post