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.

Crystal Falls West Poised for Growth

Earlier this month, Leander City Council unanimously approved plans for 2,000 acres of new development in the Crystal Falls West community.  This decision paves the way for additional design work to begin soon on the project, which RVi has been involved with since 2010. The newly-approved development will include a mix of single and multi-family... Read Full Post

ULI Spring Council Forum Recap

Fresh off his trip to Charlotte, NC for the Spring Council Forum, we sat down with Bob Richardson to get a renewed perspective on the residential community market. Bob is a member of the ULI Community Development Council, which focuses on master planned community developments. “One of the recurring themes I have been hearing is how important a community’s website is... Read Full Post

On the Move at RVi

In recognition of their hard work and dedication, the following RViers have received promotions: Chris Lalich has been promoted to Project Director.  A member of the RVi team for over 15 years, Chris has been instrumental in the success of many RVi parks projects, including the Southwest Greenway at Mueller, Georgetown San Gabriel River Trail, and the... Read Full Post

Chris Crawford Explores His Artistic Side

In a nostalgic nod toward his youth, RVi Vice President Chris Crawford recently completed a series of watercolor classes at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center. Crawford credits his early experience with watercolor and a summer job at his local garden center as the two experiences that most influenced his career in landscape architecture.  “When I was nine... Read Full Post

Client Profile: Curtis Davidson

This month, we sat down with RVi client Curtis Davidson of Cadence Development to discuss his firm’s unique business model and how they have successfully adjusted their core services to take advantage of the changing real estate market. Curtis has led many successful development ventures in Austin and throughout the United States – from the... Read Full Post

Proposed Jacob's Well Master Plan Debuts at Public Open House

Over the past few months, RVi has been working with Hays County and a group of stakeholders consisting of local residents, current volunteers on site, county staff, and elected officials to develop a master plan for the 81.6-acre Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley, Texas.  The draft of the master plan will be presented to... Read Full Post

RVi Heads to Aggieland

RVi Principal Mark Smith, Designer Jesse Van Wick, and Intern Jordan Boan recently attended the 2012 Aggie Workshop in College Station. The event, which draws students and professionals together in a combination of networking, seminars, and design charrettes, is an annual tradition at RVi. This year, RVi’s design charrette was based on our recent Texas... Read Full Post

So...You Want a Waterfall? Building Consensus for Public Projects

Over the past three decades, RVi has been involved in dozens of projects that have both required and benefited from the public input process.  During this time, we have strengthened our understanding of the process and refined our techniques.  As RVi approaches its 30th anniversary, we decided to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned and... Read Full Post