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

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

Highly Anticipated Ocho Makes Its Debut at Jessie Andrews Park

Mueller is an urban, mixed-use community that emerged as the result of the redevelopment of the decommissioned Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. RVi has played a critical role throughout the community’s development and in the design of over 140 acres of parks, trails, and open space, including Mueller’s newest addition, Jessie Andrews Park. Named after the... 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

Take a Virtual Tour of La Cima’s Exciting New Amenity Center

RVi is leveraging new technology to create tremendous value for our clients and project teams. Using drones, 3D visualization, and virtual reality, we are able to better capture, analyze, and communicate critical project information. Recently, RVi has been working closely with Jackson McElhaney Architects on the design for La Cima’s future amenity center, creating a... 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

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