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.

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

Working to make affordable housing a reality in Phoenix and beyond

Affordable housing is a prevalent topic in Phoenix, Arizona, and throughout the country. According to, the average monthly rent for an apartment in Phoenix is $1,590. The population explosion, which doesn’t appear to be slowing, will only contribute to rising housing costs and the lack of affordable housing options. In response to this, the... Read Full Post

The power of BIM

What is BIM, or Building Information Modeling? While building is largely the focus, the information and modeling process have revolutionized the way we design and deliver projects and is the foundation of digital transformation in the AEC industry. These digital representations of both physical and functional characteristics allow us to plan, design, construct, operate and... Read Full Post

RVi expands national reach to Colorado

RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture has opened an office in Lakewood, Colorado. RVi has named Matt Small as Director of Landscape Architecture and Will Wagenlander, Director of Planning in the new office. Additionally, Ryan Schatzman has joined RVi as Director of Creative Strategy, focusing on projects throughout the U.S. “We’re excited about expanding in the... Read Full Post

Designing for North Carolina's charming & challenging landscape

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western North Carolina’s landscape has much to offer. With its lush forests, vibrant fall color and an abundance of rivers and waterfalls, it is difficult to grow tired of its charm. Connecting people with nature is the philosophy behind many of the unique designs in the area. What started... Read Full Post

Onward and upward: Wes Gentry promoted to Project Director

In recognition of his hard work and dedication, we’re excited to announce the promotion of Wes Gentry of RVi-Texas to Project Director! Wes has been with RVi since 2014 when he started as a student intern while attending Louisiana State University’s Landscape Architecture program. Since then, Wes has become an integral member of RVi’s planning... 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