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RVi Expands in Scottsdale and Atlanta, Taps Leaders for New Offices

We are very excited to announce RVi’s expansion into the Atlanta market, as well as the appointment of key leadership for two of our newest offices – Atlanta and Scottsdale.

Doug Craig, PLA has been named Vice President and Managing Principal of our Scottsdale office, which opened in July of this year. Doug is a talented landscape architect with deep ties to the Phoenix market. Doug began his career in Phoenix over 30 years ago, and has experience building the teams and relationships that are so critical to a successful landscape architecture practice.

For RVi, the opening of an Arizona office is a natural fit. “We have a strong client base in the Phoenix area and over two decades of project experience in the desert southwest. We are very excited to have the opportunity to be closer to these clients, as well as to expand our reach in this market,” said Chris Crawford, RVi President.

Kerry Blind, FASLA has been tapped for the Vice President and Managing Principal role in our new Atlanta office. Kerry is a licensed landscape architect and ASLA Fellow. Over the course of his career, he has founded two landscape architecture firms and has become a leader in the field of green infrastructure.

“We’re excited about the Atlanta market and the opportunity to serve the broader region of the southeastern United States. We could not have asked for a better individual to lead our efforts. Kerry has an outstanding reputation and his portfolio of work speaks for itself,” said RVi CEO Bob Richardson.

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Kissing Tree Celebrates Grand Opening


This past weekend, the Kissing Tree community officially opened its doors for the first time with A Taste of Kissing Tree, an exclusive first look at Central Texas’ newest Active Adult community. Visitors enjoyed live music, health and wellness activities, food trucks, beer tastings, and the opportunity to tour eight model homes.

Located in San Marcos on the edge of the rolling Texas Hill Country, Kissing Tree gets its name from a tall Texas tale dating back to the days of Sam Houston. In July 1857, Houston was said to have given a spirited speech under the shade of an enormous Live Oak tree along the banks of the San Marcos River. Houston was given a war hero’s reception at the event and was so moved by the community’s generosity that he is said to have given each of the women a kiss on the cheek. In this spirit of independence and whimsy, the Kissing Tree community was born.

With a focus on health and wellbeing, exploration of the arts, and a touch of foodie culture, Kissing Tree has been meticulously built by developer Brookfield Residential to appeal to the 55+ age demographic. Amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, 18-hole golf and 18-hole putting course, biergarten, community kitchen, amphitheater, dog park, and loads of activities including bocce ball, horseshoe pits, billiards, giant Jenga, corn hole, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and community fire pits. RVi is proud to be providing planning and landscape architecture services for Kissing Tree.

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RVi and the Canyon of the Eagles


No, this isn’t an Indiana Jones movie title. This is the story of the 2016 RVi Annual Retreat.

RViers had the pleasure of spending this year’s company retreat at Canyon of the Eagles in Burnet, Texas. Folks from all our five offices gathered together on some seriously beautiful campgrounds to meet, mingle, bond, and have a great time as one team. 

We arrived on Friday around noon, with everyone carpooling in from their respective cities. A lunch and lots of handshaking kicked us off, and then we headed to a Vanishing Texas River cruise, where we floated past gorgeous rocks and waterfalls. On the overhead speaker, Captain Shawn Devaney told us tales of Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River as eagles flew over our heads.

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