Featured Project

NFL Stadium District, Clark County


RAFI is working as a consultant with Clark County to prepare the land use portion of a Master Plan for the district surrounding the new stadium, currently under construction.


You can learn more about this project, including the background research our firm has conducted here

Planning, Landscape and Environmental Design


Many architects as design professionals define their roles as bringing unique beauty to the building or structure they’re commissioned to plan and design; context and surroundings are outside and beyond their control.  With RAFI, context and surroundings are not only part of the design issue, they’re a major component of the design solution.  With RAFI’s client projects, before designing for the clients’ needs from the inside out - we analyze and understand what is happening from the outside in.


With new buildings in an existing area, it’s important to understand and appreciate the context and influences surroundings possess.  Age, size, height, building materials, solar orientation, prevailing winds, etc. are all important design considerations in making the client’s project better and the urban fabric that supports the building even stronger. 


Even in a remote setting a building or structure is never isolated.  The site soils, topography, geography and climate are always significant drivers of planning and design.  Within the city, trees, shrubbery and flowers provide shade, moisture in the air and color to comfort pedestrians on the street – they compensate for heat absorbing, hard horizontal surfaces and they absorb sunshine and heat reflecting off of vertical building surfaces.  In remote locations the landscape will serve as wind breaks, pedestrian and building shade, and connections to other adjacent surroundings.


In both situations, planning and landscape when properly developed as environmental design elements help connect and balance the human-built context with nature – allowing certain site sectors to become dedicated, sheltered outdoor assembly areas for humans and habitats for year-around and migratory species.  With this aspect of endeavor RAFI seeks to moderate the natural extremes of climate and geography to reduce energy and resource demands - and increase user comfort while making sites and landscapes investment assets to owners – increasing property values significantly. RAFI’s value through these strategic client efforts also include:


  • Increasing outdoor and indoor comfort naturally for users

  • Reducing  the heat sink effect produced by solar exposure on hard surfaces

  • Stabilizing the landscape to eliminate sheet flooding and erosion

  • Keeping seasonal sunlight away from easterly, southerly and westerly building exposures

  • Creating natural fire protection

  • Reducing outdoor ambient summertime temperatures

  • Absorbing air pollution and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

  • Returning carbon to the earth

  • Reintegrating nature with the built environment

  • Reducing water and energy demands Creating seasonal, comfortable outdoor working spaces for employees is far more productive and economical than working indoors.