Real Design, Inc.

Real Design Landscape Architecture is a full-service landscape architecture and land design firm located in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

We specialize in the analysis, planning, design, management, and nurturing of both manmade and natural environments.

Let My Rivers Go!

Ryan Kieta, Real Design's Founder and Principal, is profiled in the current edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine, America's leading publication for urban design + planning! 

In his piece "Let My Rivers Go," journalist Zach Mortice visits Johnstown, Pennsylvania to cover Vision2025, the community's award-winning and internationally recognized urban planning and development initiative, which Kieta has been involved with since inception in 2015.

Mortice narrates Johnstown's efforts to plan for its growth and development via grassroots engagement. In just three years, Vision2025 under Kieta's leadership has mobilized thousands of Johnstown residents and attracted millions of dollars in local, state, and federal investment. 

Mortice also writes about Kieta's perspective and involvement as a landscape architect using his design skills to facilitate a massive community planning program. 

"Kieta is working at the intersection of landscape design, planning, community engagement, and public-private partnerships," writes Mortice. "[He] is the rare landscape architect who's been handed the reins of a major urban redevelopment initiative - touching every facet of public life - just around his 30th birthday."

Read the full story here.



We've been selected as a finalist in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners' Big Ideas Contest! Over 100 businesses applied for this contest, and only 10 were selected as finalists!

We'll be pitching later this month to win up to $25,000 in investment funding for a BIG IDEA that we've been working on for awhile!

Ronald Fisher of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat interviewed our Principal Ryan Kieta about this exciting opportunity!

'Big Idea' may pay off for local finalists
Several of the area’s entrepreneurs have been named as finalist in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern Pennsylvania’s “Big Idea” contest.

The contest – which is gearedtoward entrepreneurs who have been thinking about developing or commercializing an innovative product, process or new software application – will be awarding prizes totaling up to $50,000.

To be eligible for the contest, participants had to reside in one of these 12 counties: Cambria, Fulton, Indiana, Somerset, Jefferson, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon, Centre, Juniata, Mifflin and Clearfield.

This year’s cash prizes will be awarded to four winners. First place is $25,000; second is $15,000; third is $7,500; and a People’s Choice Award is $2,500. In addition to the money, the first-place winner will receive:
• A pre-seed grant from Ben Franklin valued at up to $10,000.
• A one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center valued
at $3,000.
• A free consult (and proposal prep), valued at $3,000 on how to access federal research
and development grant money from the Innovation Partnership.

Ben Franklin’s Big Idea finalists include: Adam Stokes, with muonSoft (Blair County); Anthony Biddle, with Siterite (Blair County); Heather Moyer, with Crossroads Consulting (Cambria County); Ryan Kieta, with Real Design (Cambria County); Justin Capouellez, with Boomerang Beacon (Cambria County); Hunter Swisher, with Phospholutions (Centre County); James Wang, with SimplrTechnologies (Centre County); Donald Nixon, with Nixon’s Technical Service (Clearfield County); Joseph DiGangi, with Assure-Tech (Huntingdon County); and Mark Kasterko, with MT Arms (Somerset County).

“This is exciting,” said Justin Capouellez, of Johnstown. “I’m looking forward to what is next.”

Capouellez said his Boomerang Beacon application will help with attracting and retaining employment in the area. “This is one of those events that promotes the positives here in town,” he said. “It’s good for young people to see that these opportunities are available. I’m excited to hear what others are working on."

“We all have different ideas, but the same goal of bringing something innovative to the area,” he said.

Moyer said she saw the contest as a great way to secure funding for her product, a device used for safety consulting. “Win or lose, it’s an opportunity to pitch to investors,” Moyer said. “I’m excited to go to the next step.”

Finalists are tasked with producing a detailed business plan for their product.

They also may be required to participate in training workshops before the winner is announced Nov. 16.

“This is super exciting,” said Kieta, who has developed a product utilizing 3-D computer- aided design. “It’s always good to bring good PR to Cambria County and Johnstown,” he said, “and it’s great to be a part of that.”


Coming Soon! Cambria City Cultural Mural 

This summer, we successfully coordinated a group of partners in developing a project plan and procuring resources for the installation of a cultural mural in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown.

As part of our work with the Vision2025 initiative in Johnstown, we organized a dozen stakeholders including Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the City of Johnstown, Friends of Cambria City, and BottleWorks Ethnic Arts Center. Todd Stiffler, Artistic Director at BottleWorks, designed a mural concept inspired by the hills and valleys surrounding Cambria City. The mural is envisioned as a relatively quick and easy way to brighten up a drab public structure and catalyze economic and social investment into the neighborhood.

On behalf of the project partners, we wrote the proposal for this mural to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, who chose to fund the project. This round of funding was highly competitive with just 8 of 38 proposals from across Pennsylvania selected to receive paint and supplies.

Painting will occur during Fresh Paint Days in September, with a community-wide celebration event.



Free 2D CAD Figures for Architectural Renderings!

This month, we're launching our latest endeavor: Land.Arch.Blog!

This blog will give us an opportunity to offer design and planning resources to professionals, students, and aficionados across the world! We’ll update Land.Arch.Blog regularly with news of the firm as well as resources and goodies available for download for free!

Our first freebie (available now!) is a downloadable collection of AutoCad figures that look great in architectural drawings and renderings. These figures were cobbled together by staff at Real Design over the years. They’re perfect for students and pros to quickly insert into CAD drawings and photoshop renderings.

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