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777 Tower at Novus Wins AZRE 2021 RED Award

This month we’re celebrating the 777 Tower at Novus Innovation Corridor project, which earned an AZRE 2021 RED Award for best office project more than 150,000 square feet! The Real Estate Development (RED) Awards are the “Academy Awards of commercial real estate,” according to Michael Gossie, editor in chief of AZ Big Media. The competition... Read Full Post

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

Surprise City Council Approves RVi PAD Rezoning and Pre-Plat Plan for Rancho Vista

Earlier in February, RVi received unanimous approval from the City of Surprise City Council on the PAD Rezoning and Pre-Plat for the Rancho Vista community. Rancho Vista is an up-and-coming single-family development located within an active, growing area in Surprise, Arizona. Connectivity is a key focus in Rancho Vista, as the development features an extensive... 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