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

The Finer Points of Project Phasing

At the beginning of any challenging task, the magnitude of what needs to be accomplished can seem daunting.  Take for instance this article.  I am a landscape architect, not a writer, so the thought of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to write this article seemed like a big task.  In order to... Read Full Post

Students Tackle Pedestrian Mall Project at 2016 Aggie Workshop

In what has become an annual tradition, RViers traveled to Aggieland this past month to attend the Aggie Workshop and Career Fair.  The multi-day event brings students and professionals together for a combination of networking, seminars, and design charrettes. This year’s team included Lisa Horne, Megan French, and Austin Hicks, who selected RVi’s recent Tarleton... Read Full Post

St. Edward's Science Building Receives AEGB 3-Star Rating

Austin Energy Green Building has awarded a 3-Star Rating to the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center – South Building at St. Edward’s University. The building, designed by Moore Rubel Yudell Architects and STG Design, includes a host of sustainable features such as energy efficient fixtures, locally-sourced materials, and low-emitting materials. The landscape... Read Full Post

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

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

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

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