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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.

Designing for an Uncertain Future

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives, at RVi we are coming to terms with the fact that the virus is also impacting the way we design community amenities. In early March, we were forging ahead with the design of amenity centers as though everything would soon return to normal.... Read Full Post

Why Being a Farm Kid Made Me a Better Land Planner

Over my 15-year career I have had the great opportunity to be surrounded by some tremendously talented individuals. Having grown up in a livestock/row-cropping family in Northeast Missouri, I can sense those who were raised in a similar environment, just like an incoming rainstorm. Most farm kids have underlying characteristics rooted within them, such as... Read Full Post

The Rise of Single Family for Rent

Through most of my professional career, I have considered myself a big picture designer. I never really dove into the weeds of design, but instead focused on the overall vision and concept of a project. That is, until we hit the great recession from 2007-2009. Coming out of the recession, infill developments were first to... Read Full Post

RVi Selected to Design New Greenway Initiative

Earlier this month, RVi was awarded the Gilleland Creek Greenway Improvements, Section 1 project by Travis County. Utilizing voter approved funding from the 2017 bond election, the project entails design through construction documentation of the first section a new 19-mile greenway connecting Pflugerville’s Northeast Metro Park to the Colorado River along Gilleland Creek. For Section... Read Full Post

Social Distancing Playbook: Landscape Architecture Edition

My, how quickly things change…and how quickly we adapt. Like all of us here at RVi, you’re probably reading this from your makeshift home office, surrounded by pets and family members who have become your new coworkers. With our new normal comes new challenges – how to use digital tools to stay connected, how to... Read Full Post

Keep Your Project Moving Forward with Virtual Site Visits

With the mountain of changes that are suddenly upon us due to COVID-19, the business world is turning to digital tools more quickly than we ever thought possible. Many of us are stepping outside our comfort zones to find new solutions. Virtual meetings are now the primary way that we are communicating with our teams,... Read Full Post

Planning for the Future of Goodnight Ranch

Owned by members of the Goodnight Family since the 1960s, this 700-acre ranch in southeast Austin has been transformed into a vibrant, walkable, tree-lined urban hub. The Goodnight Ranch neighborhood currently features a variety of housing options, parks and trails, an amenity center, and three AISD school sites. RVi was recently contracted by the Onion... Read Full Post