The retail industry’s creative professionals collaborative community
We are the retail industry’s creative professionals. We were founded in 1961 to be a collaborative community where ideas, knowledge and passion would be shared at a local level and enable our members to fulfill the fast-paced planning and design needs of retail. Today, our membership includes architects, graphic designers, lighting designers, interior designers, store planners, visual merchandisers, resource designers, brand strategists, educators, trade partners, trade media and students of design.
The Institute counts many leading retailers among our members.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Notice: The Institute’s International Office* will be closed in observance of all federal and national holidays in North America, South America and Europe. *Retail Design Institute International Office, 11223 Cornell Park Dr., #301, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
January 19, 2023, Virtual Panel Discussion: Personal Talent Development
Unsure of where you want to take your career, what the best approach to discovering/creating a plan that plays to your strengths might be, or what […]
Attn: Professional Members!
Attention Retail Design Institute Professional Members!! If you work for retail company, you could win a trip to EuroShop with euroagogo to Dusseldorf/Milan 2023!! The Retail […]
In Memoriam: Russell E. Sway, FRDI 1943 – 2022
Russell Ervin Sway, 79, passed away Dec. 20 at his Roswell, Ga., home on December 20. Sway suffered cognitive impairment as the result of problems encountered […]
Treat at JFK International is the Retail Design Institute’s 2021 Store of the Year! Class of 2021 Revealed at Annual Awards Night!
Ray Ehscheid, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement October 12, 2022, in New York City. Announcement was made during the Institute’s 51st International Awards Presentation live-streamed from The Triad on 72nd Street. Treat is a new concept from XpresSpa Group (New York) focused on travel, health and wellness. It was designed in collaboration with Design Well Spent Company (Seattle).
“We congratulate the Treat team on their impressive win,” Ehscheid commented. The first 1186-sq.-ft. location opened in JFK International. The Design Well Spent team solved a number of business issues for XpresSpa Group, which was forced to pivot its business model of airport-based spa treatments due to the pandemic. In accepting the Store of the Year award, Tobi Wray, founder of Design Well Spent Co., detailed the story behind design and construction of the small space.
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The Retail Design Institute is the oldest and largest non-profit association dedicated to the store planning and design profession.
The Institute provides ample opportunity to learn from and connect with design trendsetters.
During Covid-19 the Institute became my lifeline to the retail industry, keeping me engaged and connected to the design community. -- Nina Ricciardi, director, architecture, Burlington. Member since 2020.
The Institute delivers high-quality educational opportunities - sharing ideas, knowledge and passion for the sole purpose of bringing the retail design community together.