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RVi Founder Bob Richardson Retires

Photo Credit: Arnold Wells, Austin Business Journal

After 49 years as a practicing landscape architect, RVi's own Bob Richardson has retired. Bob founded RVi as Richardson Verdoorn with business partner Joe Verdoorn in 1982, steadily growing the firm's areas of expertise and geographical reach across the United States. 

While Bob has influenced countless landmark projects throughout his career, his legacy has an even greater impact because of the values he instilled in his employees. Bob has inspired many landscape architects to understand not only the project side, but also the business side of the practice. He has also empowered his team to grow their own areas of professional expertise in areas such as parks, transportation, and residential communities. As a result, Bob leaves RVi in the hands of a seasoned leadership team that has spent decades working alongside him.

RVi President Chris Crawford has assumed responsibility for managing RVi's offices from a corporate level, and Barbara Austin has been named Managing Principal of the Austin office.

Check out the Austin Business Journal's recent feature article on Bob and the many projects he has influenced over the years.

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RVi Acquires Tempe-Based LVA Urban Design Studio

Pictured L-R: Chris Crawford, Doug Craig, Mark Reddie, Steven Voss

RVi is pleased to announce that we have acquired Tempe, AZ-based LVA Urban Design Studio. The acquisition furthers RVi’s growth in the southwestern United States and enhances our client base and expertise.

“RVi has a strong national reputation for high quality planning and landscape architectural design. LVA has been the leader in planning and entitlements in the Valley for decades. We are extremely excited to combine our design and planning expertise as we continue to grow our footprint in the Southwest,” RVi President Chris Crawford said.

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Silverado Master Planned Community Gets a Fresh Start with Innovative Market Approach


The terms master planned community and manufactured homes may seem like an unlikely pairing, but these concepts are coming together in new and interesting ways for the Silverado at Simonton Ranch development in Camp Verde, AZ. Developers Patrick Clifton and Ian Clifton with CFT Ventures are acquiring the 172.5-acre property after previous plans for the community failed to materialize numerous times over the past decade. The Cliftons are breathing new life into the project with an eye towards the design of a high-quality, market-sensitive community that challenges the traditional approach to private residential development.

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