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.

Staff Spotlight: Grace Zhang, AICP

Joining RVi in February 2023, Grace Zhang, AICP brings more than 13 years’ experience of professional planning and landscape architecture. Grace is a certified planner (AICP) and urban designer and has worked for a variety of public and private clients in Central Florida and throughout the U.S. South. She joins RVi as Senior Urban Designer.... Read Full Post

Tell me your story

Mark W. Smith, Managing Principal for RVi’s Austin office, has written a new book, Design Portfolios: A Recruiter’s View, focused on the preparation of design portfolios. What makes a design portfolio good? This is the perennial question I hear as I meet with students during portfolio reviews, recruiting events and academic lectures. In my position... Read Full Post

Onward and upward: Wes Gentry promoted to Project Director

In recognition of his hard work and dedication, we’re excited to announce the promotion of Wes Gentry of RVi-Texas to Project Director! Wes has been with RVi since 2014 when he started as a student intern while attending Louisiana State University’s Landscape Architecture program. Since then, Wes has become an integral member of RVi’s planning... Read Full Post

Kelly Keeps Climbing!

In January 2022, when Kelly Uhrich successfully completed the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.), opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and contribute as a rising leader on the RVi team presented themselves. Without hesitation, Kelly eagerly accepted. When we shared Kelly’s good news in the RVi newsletter on January 24, 2022, Kelly expressed plans to... Read Full Post

RVi - Arizona's Shawn Byron leads by paying it forward

When you have a natural ability to bring out the best in other people, it brings out the best in ourselves. Focusing on the development of others through coaching and mentoring is an essential characteristic of a leader. This attribute comes instinctively to RVi – Arizona’s Shawn Byron, who was recently promoted to Associate Principal.... Read Full Post

Ryan Seacrist Named to 40 Under 40 List

We’re proud of our colleague Ryan Seacrist, PLA, who was recently named to Orlando Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list for 2022. The award aims to highlight some of the most influential young business leaders in Central Florida each year. As the Director of Florida Operations for RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture, Ryan has helped lead the... Read Full Post

RVi Asheville Moves into Historic Jackson Building

We are excited to announce that the RVi Asheville office has officially moved! Conveniently located in downtown Asheville at 22 South Pack Square, the ornate Jackson Building is quite possibly one of the most beloved skyscrapers in the city. Situated along Pack Square Park, it has direct access to this beautiful public space helping spread... Read Full Post

Practice, Preparation and Perseverance: RVi's Kelly Uhrich Passes the L.A.R.E.

Kelly Uhrich, Landscape Designer at RVi in Tempe, Arizona, has just completed the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.). Congratulations to Kelly! The L.A.R.E. is an examination that includes four sections: Project and Construction Management, Inventory and Analysis, Design, Grading and Drainage and Construction Documentation. It determines whether a candidate has adequate knowledge, abilities and skills... Read Full Post