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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.

Career in Transition: From Public to Private Sector

There used to be one thing I dreaded most when I was a public sector planner. It was a link on our website that read: “Email all council members at once.” Oh, the power of that button. That button could lead to countless hours of extra assignments, stress, and project complications. While in some circumstances... Read Full Post

3D: The Missing Link in Design Communication

When you choose a profession that is related to the planning and design of the built environment, you are taught to design primarily in a two-dimensional format. Master plans, site plans, and construction drawings communicate the design efficiently so it can be interpreted by members of the technical team and ultimately used by a contractor... Read Full Post

Encouraging the Ongoing Sustainability of our Urban Landscape

As globalization increases year after year, dispatching commodities across the globe, vegetation and wildlife also end up being inadvertently transferred from place to place. Naturally, this leads to foreign species being introduced into our local ecosystems. For the most part, it is unlikely the new plants or animals will thrive in their new environment, but... Read Full Post

Theming: 5 Questions that Help Develop a Project’s Personality

When you experience a well-designed outdoor space, you notice immediately. Whether it be an intricately designed garden or a master planned community, good design can tell a story, evoke emotion, provide direction, and enhance user experience. But where does good design come from? How do you get there? As landscape architects, our process for design... Read Full Post

From Nepal to Austin: Reflections on Architecture and Design

Change is inevitable, and no change happens in isolation. Throughout history, architecture and design have been used as a tool for implementation, helping solve a variety of problems associated with revolution. From civic, to religious, to military and finally to landscape, architecture traces the changes of our society, creating a story for all to observe... Read Full Post

Solving My Work-From-Home, Pandemic Parenting Puzzle

I will never forget the date: March 16, 2020.  I pulled up to my kids’ daycare to drop off my one and three year-old children, and instead of finding their welcoming teachers ready to greet us, I found an empty parking lot and sign on the door saying that the daycare had closed indefinitely due... Read Full Post

Do We Complete Projects, or Do They Complete Us?

Here at RVi, our two core services of Planning and Landscape Architecture allow us the distinct pleasure of being involved with a project from the very earliest stages of planning a raw piece of land, through construction and seeing those plans and designs come to life. However, not all projects follow this perfect linear path... Read Full Post

One Decade in: Reflections on Being a Landscape Architect

I often find myself on the receiving end of the question, “What is your favorite thing about your job?” Like many others, I searched long and hard to find a profession that not only is creative and inspiring, but also has a profound impact on people’s lives. This is how I discovered landscape architecture. After... Read Full Post