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

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

How the Great Outdoors Becomes a Great User Experience

Connection with nature through outdoor exercise is a passion for many people. But when you think about it, “the outdoors” is a very large and undefined space. As landscape architects and planners, part of our job is to help provide context for this vast space and to help define the user experience for those who... Read Full Post

A Video Interview is still an Interview! 5 Tips to Help You Land a Job in the Remote Environment

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the nation earlier this year, design firms everywhere cautiously put their hiring plans on hold. As a result, design school grads entering the workforce this spring found an unsettlingly quiet job market waiting for them. Today, with many firms returning to “recruiting” mode, those candidates still looking for work... Read Full Post

To be a Better Designer, Never Grow Up

Occasionally as landscape architects we are tasked with designing an environment for a user group that we ourselves belong to or have belonged to in the past – such as designing for a college campus or a neighborhood park. But more often than not, we must put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Not every project... Read Full Post

The Golden Rule Also Applies in Business

I am now three years out of grad school, and one thing I have observed that one of the most important considerations in life and in business is how you treat people matters. This simple, yet sometimes overlooked principle begins when you step in the door of the office and interact with your coworkers, and... Read Full Post

You’re Not Done Yet: The Importance of Construction Administration in the Design Process

In the course of practicing landscape architecture, we become quite familiar with the steps in the design process: site analysis, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration/observation. As a young landscape architect, I can remember finishing a set of construction documents, completing the bidding phase, and feeling a great sense of relief... Read Full Post