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

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

777 Tower Team Completes First Building in ASU Novus Corridor

Last month, our team completed construction on the 777 Tower, the first office building to be built in Arizona State University’s 350-acre Novus Innovation Corridor. Developed by Ryan Companies in partnership with ASU’s real estate subsidiary University Realty and Novus master developer Catellus Development Corporation, this 6-story building includes 160,000 sf of multi-tenant office space... 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

Ellsworth Ranch Closer to Reality with Town Approval

Earlier this month, the Ellsworth Ranch community took a major step forward when the Queen Creek Town Council approved the rezoning of the 190-acre development. RVi has been working with developer Taylor Morrison, land use attorney Shaine Alleman of Tiffany & Bosco, civil engineer Wood Patel, as well as the Town of Queen Creek and... Read Full Post

New Segment of Brushy Creek Regional Trail Officially Open!

Earlier in July, the newest section of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail opened to the public in Round Rock, Texas. The new 0.9-mile out-and-back segment starts near the shore of Brushy Creek at the northwest corner of the Creekside Plaza Shopping Center at Chisholm Trail. Construction funding came from an award by CAMPO through the... Read Full Post

The Value of Trust

The depth of our collective business relationships is dependent on two different types of trust: professional and personal. Becoming a trusted advisor is about balancing the two. If you stop and think about it, we are all a trusted advisor to someone. We give advice to our friends, family, and colleagues daily, challenging them to... Read Full Post

Transformative Stadium Point Project Moves Forward in Peoria

Earlier this month, the City of Peoria, AZ took an important step towards realizing plans for the game-changing mixed-use development known as Stadium Point. The City approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Developer American Life/Steinhauer Properties, enabling the team to move forward with preparing a Development Agreement for the planned 1 million+ s.f. project. Stadium... Read Full Post

The Element of Anthropology in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is not just about knowing your plants, or designing a retaining wall, or being able to answer the age-old question, Why is my grass turning brown? (Please don’t ask us about your grass.) Inherent in the profession of landscape architecture is the need to understand how people live; the ability to recognize what... Read Full Post