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 Beauty in the Big Picture: Sam Alvarez

What initially inspired you to pursue a career in Landscape Architecture/Planning? My love for landscape architecture began in a small horticultural design studio in the latter half of my undergraduate career at Texas A&M. It was there where I learned the fundamentals of planting design and my curiosity for this field was found. Thanks to... Read Full Post

RVi Celebrates National Intern Day!

RVi offers challenging and rewarding internship positions throughout the year for bright scholars and young professionals. Our collaborative approach integrates interns into a wide variety of project experiences where they work with our seasoned design and planning mentors. We recognize the talents, enthusiasm, and fresh perspectives that our interns bring to RVi and are excited... Read Full Post

Putting People First: A Conversation with Jared Pyka, Client Development Director

What initially inspired you to pursue a career in business development? My career began by starting my own landscaping business and then transitioned into wholesale plant growing. An industry veteran, Joe Hertsenberg sparked my journey into business development. Joe introduced me to participating in trade organizations, making connections with people and communities, and recommended that... Read Full Post

Designing a Career of Success: Somdeep Nandy

As an emerging landscape architect passionate about sustainable design, my internship at RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture was a truly transformative experience. With a decade of experience in the landscape industry across Singapore, India, and Saudi Arabia, I am committed to addressing global and social challenges through innovative landscape architecture solutions. In this blog, I... Read Full Post

Serving our Local Communities: A Roster of Public Service Excellence

RVi staff across the country have found it increasingly valuable to pursue public service roles in their communities, reaping rewards both professionally and personally from contributing to the policy-making process and serving the communities that they live and work in. Serving in volunteer public service roles and citizen advisory boards offers numerous benefits including the... Read Full Post

Celebrating the Retirement of Mark Smith

Landscape Architecture and Landscape Architects are known for their holistic approach to projects, considering technical needs, aesthetic qualities, and sustainability. As RVi celebrates the retirement of Mark Smith, we reflect on his leadership and personal impact on the profession and our company. We are fortunate to be part of a people-centered culture at RVi. When... Read Full Post

Design Portfolios: A Recruiter's View

Writing a book is a dream for many people, but it can be an intimidating and daunting task. The idea of sitting down and creating something that is interesting, engaging, and fulfills a need in society is a challenging feat. With the right mindset, tools, and resources, Mark Smith has done just that with his... Read Full Post

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