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NEWS AND EVENTS

iKOU is the 2017 Store of the Year!

The Retail Design Institute named iKOU, a specialty skincare retailer located in Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building, its 2017 Store of the Year. The honor was announced May 23 at the Institute’s 47th Awards Gala & Fundraiser in New York City. Designed by Pinto Tuncer, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, iKOU, is a holistic, ethically sourced, luxury skincare brand. The Pinto Tuncer design team sought to translate iKOU’s philosophy — “encouraging mindful and relaxing moments inspired by nature” – into a clinical-yet-inviting haven. Clearly zoned through planning and materiality, iKOU’s two distinct-but-intertwined zones define the customer experience. More information and more winners

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
 

2018 Student Design Competition Winners Announced!

Our thanks to the Atlanta | Southeast Chapter for assembling a blue-chip judging panel which met June 2 at the Atlanta office of Cushman & Wakefield to review the 50 entries representing dozens of design schools and the work of individuals and student groups. This year’s competition – to design a gourmet grocer – was inspired by the real-world acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon. Specials thanks to Ryan Cavanaugh, AIA, RDI, design manager, Gensler and Lindsay Henningfeld, RDI, corporate visual merchandiser, SunTrust Banks, Atlanta. They are president and vice president, respectively, of the Atlanta |Southeast Chapter.... Click here to see the winners
 

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