Dear Friends and Colleagues, Happy New Year to all! We hope that you enjoyed a restful holiday season, and that you are as happy as we are to close the door on the train wreck of 2020. As we welcome the New Year, we look forward to what this year will bring, to celebrating the achievements of our retail design community members, and to building a strong network for our members’ professional and personal development. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our New York Chapter Board for 2021, announce and recap our upcoming and past events, and remind you of the continued membership fee waiver. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021!
Andrew Lee & Diana Revkin
New York Chapter President and Vice President
Retail Design Institute
We are pleased to announce our Chapter Board for 2021. In addition to our elected officers, the ongoing success of our chapter relies on the efforts our board members bring to the Institute and our retail design community. We thank everyone for their continued commitment to furthering the mission of the Institute and fostering continued strength within our growing network.
Elected Chapter Officers
Andrew Lee, RDI – Director & President
Diana Revkin, RDI – Director & Vice President
Tobias Harris W., RDI – Director & Treasurer
John Santore, RDI – Secretary
Cynthia Hirsch, RDI – Chairperson, President Emeritus
Jessica Yu, RDI – Events Chair
Jonathan Perkins, RDI – Communications Chair
Ramon Ocampo, RDI – Membership Chair
Terry Lugo, Trade RDI and Susan Kimelman, Trade RDI – Sponsorship Co-Chairs
Carla Wells, RDI
Dina Meindl, Allied RDI
James McVoy, Trade RDI
Lena Lim, Trade RDI
Richard Cadan, Allied RDI
Tre Roberts, RDI
It is with great pride that our Chapter can continue providing powerful, engaging and entertaining virtual programming in lieu of in-person events. Through our events, we can celebrate the innovative and exemplary design work our members generate and offer informative and educational panel discussions on important current topics, all of which create and build greater links within our community.
Join the Retail Design Institute New York Chapter as we celebrate the New Year and host presentations from three leading brands that have re-imagined the health and wellness industry, through spatial experience, products, and services. Learn from the founders of these innovative companies about their approach to health and wellness and how they intend to disrupt the industry.
In recognition of the importance of our future generation of industry professionals, together with The Planning and Visual Education Partnership, (PAVE) the NY Chapter hosted a virtual portfolio review for students. Students and professors from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York School of Interior Design, Appalachian State University and Howard University were represented. Following a presentation about the retail design industry, students were placed in small virtual groups with Institute member mentors to review and discuss their work and gain further insights into retail design industry.
Robin Wagner, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, NRF Foundation
The Chapter co-hosted its December event with the American Institute of Architects New York to celebrate projects by New York firms which were recognized in the Retail Design Institute’s 49th International Design Competition. Following presentations of Birkenstock, Cadillac House, Innisfree, and KitKat Chocolatory, a robust discussion on design learnings and thoughts.
Alec Zaballero, Managing Executive, Studio Creative Director, TPG Architecture
Aya Matsumoto, LEED AP, Creative Director, TPG Architecture
Caleb Mulvena, NCARB,RDI, Partner, Mapos Architects DPC
Eunjung n(EJ) Chung, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Design Director, Gensler
Matt Michaluk, Creative Director, LANDOR & FITCH
Andrew Lee, RDI, Assoc. AIA, Senior Project Manager, Architecture + Planning, Equinox
Barbara Weinreich, RA, NCIDQ, Director of Undergraduate Programs, NYSID
Diana Revkin,RDI, NCIDQ, Assoc. AIA,Studio Director / Managing Associate, TPG Architecture
As a reminder to our community, the Retail Design Institute has waived membership fees and dues through May 31, 2021, for new members. Spread the word to friends and colleagues, who may use discount code 2020free when submitting their membership application: https://retaildesigninstitute.org/join-retail-design-institute/. All prospective members will continue to be vetted according to the Institute’s stated membership criteria.