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

Bringing resort amenities to your home with Taylor Morrison

When thinking about build-to-rent communities, or “BTR communities,” you generally don’t think of sprawling activity centers and luxury amenities for the community to share. The future of the BTR community is coming quickly with the push to the next level of comfort and user experience on the front of amenities through a combined effort from... Read Full Post

Bringing resort amenities to your home with Taylor Morrison

When thinking about build-to-rent communities, or “BTR communities,” you generally don’t think of sprawling activity centers and luxury amenities for the community to share. The future of the BTR community is coming quickly with the push to the next level of comfort and user experience on the front of amenities through a combined effort from... Read Full Post

Creating Community: Landscape design juxtaposes life's wavering journey with a promise of hope  

Valley Partnership, the Valley of the Sun’s premier advocacy group for responsible development, has been giving back to the community for over 30 years with the Annual Community Project. This year’s project benefitted The House of Refuge in Southeast Mesa, Arizona. A faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The House of Refuge is a 22-acre community that... 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

Water regulation in growing areas and their effect on development

As Florida’s population grows, so does the need for developments to support the population increase. While some areas in the state are dense and compressed already, there are other areas such as St. Cloud, in Central Florida, that have room to grow and adapt to today’s world of housing. RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture has... 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

RVi celebrates 40 years

In 1982, RVi embarked on a mission to provide planning and landscape architectural services across Texas. Founded by Bob Richardson and Joe Verdoorn as Richardson Verdoorn in Austin, RVi has since grown into a nationally recognized planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm. Now boasting 10 offices and over 100 employees across the United States,... Read Full Post

RVi gives back on National Public Lands Day

To help celebrate RVi’s 40th Anniversary, team members from across the country headed outdoors on Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), it is the largest single-day volunteer event for Public Lands and is one of only five days a year when entrance fees are waived... Read Full Post