RHI is working on some ideas for outdoor classrooms and playgrounds to help convert underutilized spaces at Alexandria Country Day School campus.

Thomas Rainer and Claudia West recently co-authored a new book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” which looks at how we design plant communities similar to how they occur in nature.  A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, “Why manicured lawns should become a thing of the past,” takes a look at Thomas and Claudia’s… Read more »

Seagrass and the windblown patterns of sand are our inspiration for a splash park we are designing for a seaside park in New York.  We wanted to avoid the plastic looking nozzles typical of most splash parks, so we used champagne-colored metallic tubes in the arcing pattern of seagrass. The rubberized surface underneath will have… Read more »

The Virginia Tech Signature Engineering Building (Goodwin Hall) received the ENR MidAtlantic 2015, Higher Education and Research Best Project Award.  The landscape uses sensitive, sustainable design, creates places for display of student technology projects, and serves as a model for an institution with a history of advanced technology and agriculture at a world-class level.  Congrats… Read more »

We had great work sessions last week to develop transformative concepts for the City of Sandy Springs, GA. Jim Tolbert, Assistant City Manager of Sandy Springs joined Rhodeside & Harwell and team members Nelson Nygaard, Gensler, RCLCO and Code Studio to evolve ideas for The Next Ten. Stay tuned for upcoming updates!  Check out the… Read more »

Nine of us from the RHI team enjoyed and were greatly inspired at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  Among us, Thomas Rainer presented with Claudia West, his co-author for Planting in a Post-Wild World, and Scott Stewart, Director and Head Horticulturalist for the Lurie Garden, at an education session about designing resilient plant… Read more »

A study of dune formations translates into a fun, whimsical surface for this Jones Beach’s splash play area.  This characteristic of the surrounding beaches translates nicely into a space for kids to play with a covered area for parents to sit and watch.  

RHI’s concept for the VCU School of Allied Health symbolizes Virginia’s Fall Line, creating a bold and simple configuration.  

Rhodeside & Harwell’s design for Q Street Alley, a first generation green alley in DC, is being installed by DDOT. Our LID planters had to accommodate steep grade change (the illustration shows how it works). When finished, the alley will capture stormwater runoff from over 4 acres, filtering 14,000 sf of water each event.  … Read more »

Continuing our summer garden parties, we were privileged to be welcomed to the Rainer’s home for a drinks, food and fun.  

We are very happy to announce promotions for a handful of our staff.  Senior Associates: Megan Mansell, Ron Sessoms, Sukirti Ghosh, Qiaojue Yu, Eric Feldman.  Associates: Bryan Obara, Jenn Bailey, Jon Runge.  See all of our staff here.

We are very proud of our own Thomas Rainer, and Claudia West for their accomplishment in writing ‘Planting in a Post-Wild World.’  This is a fantastic look at the natural qualities of plants and how we can use these to create more resilient and beautiful landscapes. Get your copy here.      

This fantastic public amenity at the National Aquarium continues to impress with this project profile from World Landscape Architecture. See the WLA article here.  See the project here.  

PARK(ing) Day is a time to demonstrate the many diverse, fun, beautiful, and functional ways surface parking can be transformed into quality public space.  The RHI team has had a good time designing and building installations the past couple years and this year was no different.  We got into the fall spirit!  Check out the… Read more »

RHI had some fun talking with the public at our PARK(ing) Day installation.  It was a great day with many creative public spaces created along King Street. Check out RHI’s installation featured for DC on Streetsblog.

Congratulations to one of RHI’s Directors, Deana Rhodeside, on being elected by the American Planning Association’s Private Practice Division as Vice-Chair. See the rest of our staff here.

RHI is a part of a team planning for the future in Sandy Springs, GA.  To help communicate the team’s ideas and gain feedback from the community ‘The Next Ten’ website has been created.  As the City of Sandy Springs celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its incorporation, it is time to look ahead to the… Read more »

Congrats to RHI’s Eric Feldman for being featured in this article in The Guardian: “The Popsicle Test: What Makes a City Good for Children?.” This article stems from Eric’s piece, titled “Child-Friendly Cities,” on Rhodeside and Harwell’s blog, Plan.Place.  Check out The Guardian article here.  Check out the Plan.Place blog here.

We recently gathered at Meredith Judy’s house for a Garden Party after work.  Her garden was beautifully designed by Sandy Wilson, a student of RHI’s Thomas Rainer.  She graciously walked us around and described the garden and her design intent.  It was a great place to spend a Friday afternoon.    

Congratulations to the design team for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico for winning the General Design Honor Award as a part of the 2015 VA ASLA Professional and Student Awards.  Check out the project here.  

Congratulations to Thomas Rainer, Meredith Judy, and Kurt Parker on being named Principals at Rhodeside & Harwell.  More recent promotions include Derrick Wolbaum, Melissa Rainer, and Drew Taylor as Senior Associates, and Jennifer Koch and Kraig Schmidt as Associates. See all of our staff here.

At the 2015 APA Virginia Conference, RHI’s team accepted the ‘Outstanding Plan Award’ for our Downtown Newport News Superblock Plan. Check out the Newport News project here.

This recent blog post documents and reflects on RHI’s design and learning process while creating our refreshed website. Check out the article here.

Last week we welcomed Brad McKee, Editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, to our office for an afternoon discussion about design communication and current topics in landscape architecture.  Check out the magazine here.

Congrats to Gensler and the rest of the Tysons Tower team on being selected for an Award of Excellence by AIA Northern Virginia. See the award here.  See the Tysons Tower project here.

Issue 192 of the Madeira Today publication featured an image of RHI’s renovation of the historic Oval at The Madeira School. See digital publication here.

As a part of previewing his upcoming book, Planting Design in a Post-Wild World, Thomas spoke at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Spring Luncheon and Lecture.

Rhodeside & Harwell was recently awarded the USDA Agricultural Research Service 2014 Award for Woman-Owned Small Business Contractor of the Year.

RHI recently hosted a three day charrette for Loudoun County Silver Line Scenario Planning. See the project website here.

RHI has been studying a variety of transportation options for Glasgow Avenue in Delaware.

Our team has been working on a master plan for the Vint Hill community.  Below is an initial plan studying massing relationships and road connections.

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RHI’s Greenville Tar River Legacy Plan won the 2015 Potomac Chapter ASLA Merit Award. See the project here.  See the award here.

LAF Landscape Performance Series publishes a new case study for the JMU Bioscience Building Landscape. See it here.

RHI’s restoration of Branch Brook Park was recognized with the 2015 APA National Planning Achievement Award for Implementation. See the project here.

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We created this rendering to help communicate the materials and pedestrian scale of the re-purposed public alley in Bethesda, MD.

We are working to create a comfortable public space while recognizing social progress that has been made from the past. See the project here.  

When students were recently shown the new Master Plan for their school, the reaction was priceless.  This is such a great enthusiasm and interest for a space they will use everyday. See the video here.

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Thomas was recently featured in an article in The Irish Times.  See the article here.

Stemming from his thoughtful article on our Plan Place Blog, Eric was recently featured in a Next City article. Read it here.

Branch Brook Park restoration showcased in World Landscape Architecture magazine.  See WLA 18 Magazine here.

The 2014 Virginia Chapter APA Outstanding Preservation Plan was recently awarded for our Liberia House Master Plan.  See the project here.

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We have been working on conceptual vegetation massing and view analyses for the Jones Beach East Mall Games area.