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.


Call for Entries: 47th Annual International Retail Design Competition

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Institute’s 47th Annual International Store Design Competition. The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line department stores to restaurants and pop-up shops. Eligible projects are those completed between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Eligible contestants are design firms and retailer design teams. You do not need to be a member of the Retail Design Institute to enter, however, general contractors, fixture manufacturers, center owners and owner representatives may not enter retail projects. Entry Deadline: March 1st, 2018 Click here for more information

Announcing the Mark V. Looper Award for Design Collaboration

There’s a new award being offered in time for the 2018 Student Design Competition already underway. “We’ve added the ‘Mark V. Looper Award for Design Collaboration,’ because Mark was a champion of collaboration,” notes Andrew McQuilkin, FRDI, chairman of the Student Design Competition.” Throughout his career, McQuilkin explains, “Mark invited and inspired individuals to work together. So the Institute feels strongly about using this opportunity to recognize those who do at the earliest stages in their design profession.” The Institute’s International Executive Board approved the recognition in January and determined the award would go to the Student Group winner — in Mark’s memory. The Student Design Prize Fund is currently funded with proceeds from the International Design Competition entry fees and the Awards Gala ticket sales. Now, anyone can contribute to the Looper award. Click here for more information

Call for Entries: 2018 Student Design Competition

Since 1971 and every year since, the Institute offers a competition for design students that simulates the real world conceptual development of a retail store. The goal of the quarter/semester long curriculum is to give educators a tool that helps students develop a process around how they solve design problems and it also is a way to encourage and recognize the emerging design talent. The Institute hopes that the competition is an effective way to interest students in the dynamic, consumer focused, and strategic career of retail design. Click here for more information

47th International Design Awards Gala & Fundraiser

Once again we're headed to Current Chelsea Piers, New York City, for an evening of food, drink and design. Creative black tie suggested. The Institute’s prestigious "Innovation Awards" will also recognize exceptional concepts in the areas of Store Planning, Lighting, Visual Merchandising, Shopfitting & Fixtures, Sustainability, Finishes & Materials, Graphic Design and Digital/Technology integration. Sponsorship details coming soon, so watch this space. Questions? Contact: Janet at jgroeber@retaildesigninstitute.org. Click here for more information


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