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.

Encouraging Healthy Communities through Walkability

I am proud to celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month by highlighting the positive impact of landscape architecture design on our communities. As professionals in this field, we possess a remarkable capacity to craft outdoor spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional, promoting thriving and healthy communities. An essential aspect of this process is prioritizing... Read Full Post

Stewardship of Natural and Built Environments

Located just three miles north of downtown Austin, Texas, the Mueller Greenway system is a series of five interconnected parks that encircle the mixed-use urban village known as the Mueller Development. With thousands of residents and major employers such as Dell Children’s Hospital, HEB, Seton, and The University of Texas at Austin, this community has... Read Full Post

Remembering Those Who Served

Landscape architecture plays a crucial role in memorial design, particularly when it comes to monuments honoring those who served in wars. The design and layout of a monument’s surrounding environment are integral in creating a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also provides a sense of solemnity and reverence. This is particularly true... Read Full Post

Design Portfolios: A Recruiter's View

Writing a book is a dream for many people, but it can be an intimidating and daunting task. The idea of sitting down and creating something that is interesting, engaging, and fulfills a need in society is a challenging feat. With the right mindset, tools, and resources, Mark Smith has done just that with his... Read Full Post

Drawing Inspiration Through Travel

Europe is renowned for its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking natural scenery, making it an ideal destination for those seeking inspiration. Danielle Carlson, a professional landscape architect who joined RVi in August 2022, had a comparable experience exploring the continent. Earlier this year, Carlson took a trip to England to visit a few places,... Read Full Post

Planning, Designing, and Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow

In fall of 2019, Category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the coast of Scotland Cay, a private island located just 160 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. With 75 percent of its homes destroyed and $3.4 billion in damage, residents had to choose whether to rebuild or leave the island. Shortly after the disaster... Read Full Post

Community Engagement and Resilient Landscape Design: Critical Paths for a New Luxury Condo Project

Rendering images courtesy of D’Antonio International. As cities and towns grow and change, so do their buildings. One trend that has emerged in recent years is the conversion of hotels into condos. This process involves reinventing buildings into residential units, often with modern amenities and design features. This has been the case for the locally... Read Full Post

Staff Spotlight: Grace Zhang, AICP

Joining RVi in February 2023, Grace Zhang, AICP brings more than 13 years’ experience of professional planning and landscape architecture. Grace is a certified planner (AICP) and urban designer and has worked for a variety of public and private clients in Central Florida and throughout the U.S. South. She joins RVi as Senior Urban Designer.... Read Full Post