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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

Spilling the tee with Kelly

I learned how to play golf when I was a kid. When I think of the sport, family is the first thing that comes to mind. My parents and grandparents golfed. Growing up in Minnesota, when perfect weather days were few and far between, we took every chance we could get to be out on... Read Full Post

Designing for Drought: Planning for a Water Responsible Future

Water and the American Southwest have long shared a tenuous relationship. It is no secret that water demand in desert cities like Phoenix cannot be met entirely from local sources and therefore, water must be imported from sources sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles away. These imported sources have historically provided an abundance of... Read Full Post

Karishma Joshi Contributes to New Book, Design for Sea Level Rise: Global Innovative Solutions

I am happy to share that I worked with Dr. Galen Newman, Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, on a yearlong project to document innovative design solutions applied worldwide to mitigate sea-level rise. The book, Design for Sea Level Rise: Global Innovative Solutions is authored by... 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

How to Spark Winter Interest Through Form, Color, and Texture in Texas

As temperatures cool and we steadily approach the true winter months, I find myself wondering what keeps our landscapes visually interesting during this time? Winter landscapes in Texas can often appear bare and sullen, however if you take a closer look they reveal rather interesting forms and textures. This typical barren landscape was witnessed firsthand... Read Full Post