Kathleen Jordan of Gensler and Joe Nevin of Bergmeyer were named the newest members of the Legion of Honor during the Institute’s 46th Awards Gala & Fundraiser held May 24 in New York City. Charles Sparks, FRDI, Legion of Honor Chairman, welcomed the new Legionnaires to the stage to accept their Legion of Honor medal.
Recognizing that the profession of Retail Design was driven not by business executives but by extremely talented and visionary designers, the Institute established the Retail Design Legion of Honor in 2000. The award, which was designed to recognize and validate that talent, was envisioned for the entire design industry, not exclusively for Institute members.
In that time, 39 men and women have been recognized by the Institute for a lifetime of achievement. They are now joined by Jordan and Nevin.
Kathleen Jordan, AIA, CID, LEED AP, RDI, Retail Practice Area Leader, principal, Gensler, New York City
Kathleen Jordan has helmed award-winning projects for some of the retail industry’s leading companies. Experience as both an outside consultant and an in-house designer gives her a unique and holistic perspective into retail planning and design. In addition to directing high-profile projects, Kathleen also leads Gensler’s research on global retail trends. She personally developed the “Resurgence of the Department Store” white paper in 2012, and has spoken on topics such as “Shopping the Globe” and “Beyond the Flagship” at international conferences. She was selected by readers of design:retail magazine as one of the top Retail Influencers of the Year for 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor College of Architecture & Urban Planning.
Joseph P. Nevin, Jr., FRDI, senior principal, Bergmeyer Associates, Boston
Joe Nevin is widely recognized as a leader in the field of retail store design. His understanding of brand analysis, identity development, visual merchandising and store planning has taken Bergmeyer to national prominence. Joe’s expertise in strategic positioning and the relationship between design excellence and the customer experience has led the firm to numerous design awards and media coverage. In his near 35-year career, Joe has worked with Patagonia, Jos. A. Bank, Talbots, Levi’s, Dockers, GH Bass & Co. and DICK’S Sporting Goods, and known to collaborate with competitors to deliver the right solution. Joe is a frequent speaker at design schools and industry conferences. In 2016, he was named a Retail Design Luminary by design:retail magazine. Joe studied at Northern Virginia Community College and Boston Architectural College.