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5 Questions to Answer Before Kicking Off Your Next Development Project


What does it take to create a successful park, hospital, or master planned community? Those who have been through the process will likely agree that it takes a lot of people working together towards a common goal. In over three decades of practice, we at RVi have also learned that the early stages of a project are critical to laying the foundation for success. With that in mind, here are five questions we like to answer before we get started on any project.

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2017 Class of ASLA Fellows Offers a Peek into the Diverse Careers of Landscape Architects

It can sometimes be challenging to explain what it means to be a landscape architect. The profession is incredibly wide-ranging and offers many different areas of specialization. The size alone of a landscape architecture project could range from a few square feet to thousands of acres, and the scope can be just as varied.

If you’re looking for a quick study in the breadth of landscape architecture, look no further than this year’s class of ASLA Fellows. This group of distinguished landscape architects showcases just how diverse the career path can be. Some of their specializations include pro-bono community design work, protection of landscapes of cultural significance, contribution of research and knowledge of the profession, cross-disciplinary work in water systems and stormwater management, the development of form based code, and the advancement and recognition of landscape architecture throughout the world – just to name a few.

We encourage you to check out the 30-minute video that features each of this year’s 23 Fellows Inductees – including RVi CEO Bob Richardson (at the 24 minute mark). This video captures the essence of each one of these diverse careers in a way that is succinct and visually entertaining. Also check out RVi’s Facebook album from the event. Cheers to this year’s Fellows class!

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Barbara Austin Appointed to Austin Parks Foundation Board

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Austin has joined the board of the Austin Parks Foundation (APF). As Vice President and Director of Park Design at RVi, Barbara has focused her career on the development of fun and engaging parks for people of all ages.

APF’s mission is to partner with the community to enhance people’s lives by making Austin's public parks, trails, and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support. APF has several overarching goals that they are working to achieve over the next 5 years. One of those goals is to improve the national ranking of Austin’s park system by 10%, from #46 to #36. 

“Austin currently ranks 46th out of 100 in the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index. I am excited to have this opportunity to work alongside APF to help improve the quality of Austin’s park system,” Barbara said.

RVi has long been a supporter of the Austin Parks Foundation and frequently participates in their signature It’s My Park Day volunteer event. This year’s It’s My Park Day Fall event is taking place this coming weekend, and the RVi team will be hard at work adding new topsoil, native plants, and mulch at the Austin Nature & Science Center. If you’re interested in volunteering for It’s My Park Day Fall, you can sign up here!

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