Garden Party and Founder’s Talk

July 21, 2016

Last week, RHI Director Faye Harwell hosted the RHI team at an evening garden party.  The environs were lovely and we got to know our newest team members better. Faye, Deana, and Elliot also spoke to their experiences starting and sustaining a practice, the first in a series of founding partners talks commemorating the firm’s 30th anniversary.       … Read more »

Fredericksburg Riverfront Park unanimously approved by City Council

July 18, 2016

On July 12th Fredericksburg City Council unanimously approved the schematic design for the Riverfront Park.  With this approval Rhodeside & Harwell has been authorized to advance the design into construction documentation. The design will create a signature four-acre waterfront park in Fredericksburg’s Historic downtown along the banks of the Rappahannock River. Look here for more about the project: Riverfront Park

Principal, Thomas Rainer, sits down with LAM to discuss his new book

July 13, 2016

Thomas Rainer, ASLA, and Margie Ruddick recently sat down with Landscape Architecture Magazine to discuss their new books focused on planting for ecological diversity in the public realm.  Read the condensed interview here: ‘Wild Times’ by Brad McKee and pick up LAM’s July 2016 issue for the full article.  

750 N Glebe unanimously approved by Arlington County Board

June 22, 2016

Congratulations to Saul Centers, Inc, David M. Schwarz Architects, and the rest of the team on all the hard work put into the 750 N Glebe 4.1 Site Plan design, which culminated with unanimous approval by the Arlington County Board this past Saturday.  It has been a pleasure to be a part of the design team and we are looking … Read more »

Lots of Activity in New York

May 20, 2016

There is lots of activity in our New York office.  Elliot and Mark recently kicked off work with Arup on the Lower Hudson Transit Link project, a bus rapid transit program linking Rockland and West Chester County.  Mary is getting ready to begin work on a cultural landscape report for Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and design work continues on Jones … Read more »

construction update – Braddock Lofts Courtyard

May 20, 2016

RHI’s redesign for a residential courtyard in Alexandria is beginning to take shape.  The proposed design will create a comfortable seating and gathering space with pavers, boulders, and benches in the middle of shrub, perennial, and bulb plantings.  Check out the illustrated plan along with progress photos of the construction process. –New progress photos added.  Pavers, boulders, benches and planting … Read more »

Springtime celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted

May 17, 2016

Last Wednesday, one of our Directors, Faye Harwell, was in attendance at Bethesda Terrace for a celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of Landscape Architecture.  Charles Beveridge, a series editor of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers Project, spoke about Olmsted, sharing insights into his life.  This springtime celebration also launched a partnership with Central Park Conservancy (CPC) and Library … Read more »

Construction Update – Alexandria Country Day School

April 29, 2016

After a comprehensive planning process in the spring of 2014, phase 1 of Rhodeside & Harwell’s master plan for Alexandria Country Day School is being installed. A new brick wall with richly layered plantings will create an attractive, lush streetscape. The wall also captures new space in front of the school for students to play and learn. See progress being … Read more »

Planting in a Post-Wild World awarded an AHS 2016 Book Award

April 7, 2016

Congratulations to RHI Principal Thomas Rainer, who was recently awarded an American Horticultural Society (AHS) 2016 Book Award for ‘Planting in a Post-Wild World’.  Thomas and co-author Claudia West received this award from the AHS Book Award Committee for writing style, authority, originality, accuracy, and design quality.  See the release here: AHS 2016 Book Awards    

New Zoning Code Support and Community Brainstorming Highlight Progress in Sandy Springs

March 31, 2016

This week we had a great initial brainstorming session with the Sandy Springs community to generate transformational ideas for the MARTA train station areas! Read the article here: ‘Residents consider mixed-use vision for North Springs, Northridge MARTA stations’ by John Ruch  Image credit: John Ruch   Also in the news, ten big ideas for Sandy Springs’ forthcoming zoning code has received … Read more »

Charlottesville City Council Votes Unanimously to Embrace West Main Street

March 25, 2016

The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously on March 21, 2016, to embrace plans developed by Rhodeside & Harwell that will transform West Main Street.  The selected concept, will transform the corridor into a 21st century street that safely accommodates a range of users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.  Rhodeside & Harwell will lead the next phase of work … Read more »


March 10, 2016

This past week we welcomed Potomac ASLA members to our office for an open studio and happy hour.  We were pleased to show everyone around our office and enjoyed meeting some new, and some familiar faces.  This is a special year for Rhodeside & Harwell, as we celebrate 30 years of work in landscape architecture and planning.  Stay tuned for … Read more »