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University Engagement: The Importance of Giving Back

Crisp fall evenings at football games, late nights in the studio, endless debates over the meaning of life—it’s no exaggeration to say that most of us can, at times, be a little nostalgic about “the good old days” at the University. However, there is much more to our college experience than just pleasant memories and a diploma from our alma mater—it is where we plan our future. As a firm, RVi recognizes the importance of maintaining good relationships with the Landscape Architecture programs that take on the responsibility of educating our future designers and planners and helping them plan their future. It is vital to the continued growth of these institutions, to their future graduates, and to our profession that we give back as professionals.

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RVi Clients, Projects Win Big at ABJ Residential Real Estate Awards

The Austin Business Journal recently announced the winners of its annual Residential Real Estate Awards. The award for Best Master Planned Community went to Teravista by Newland Communities, a project RVi has been working on since 2008.  Located in Pflugerville and Round Rock, Teravista was also the area's top selling master planned community over the past year.

The award for Best Production Homebuilder went to Taylor Morrison, with whom RVi has worked on many local communities including Crystal Falls, Steiner Ranch, and Reunion Ranch.

More information on the awards event can be found here.

Chris Lalich: Globe Trotter, Certified Crafter

After visiting Iceland just last year, Project Director Chris Lalich continued his tour of countries beginning with the letter “I” with a trip to Ireland this month.  His week-long stay included stops in the cities of Dublin, Galway, Cork, and even Belfast to learn more about “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland.  Chris also visited natural areas such as the Giant’s Causeway on the northeast coast (pictured), the Cliffs of Moher, and The Burren, one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe. 

Amidst the cultural attractions Chris also managed to have some good old-fashioned fun, including making friends in the local pubs and becoming a Certified Crafter of the Perfect Pint of Guinness.  So what's next on Chris' travel itinerary?  “Indonesia," he says.  "If I can see a Komodo Dragon in the wild, I think my life might be complete."