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.

NEWS AND EVENTS

The 48th International Design Competition Has Ended.

The “Class of 2018” (finalists for Best in Class award) have been contacted.  Click here to see the finalists.

The Store of Year (Best in Class) winner will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala the evening of May 22, 2019 in New York City. PURCHASE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS HERE.

Winning projects will also be published in CSA magazine. The Institute’s annual design competition celebrates outstanding and innovative retail spaces that encourage new techniques in planning, design, graphics, fixturing, lighting, materials and visual merchandising.

The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences ranging from full-line traditional department stores to specialty apparel stores and restaurants to kiosks and pop-up shops.

Stay tuned for details of the 49th International Design Competition coming soon!

Boston Retail Guide 2018 – Boston Stores Deserving a Visit

The Boston Retail Guide is an annual listing of of new and notable Boston merchants. This 2018 listing of shops to visit includes retailers on Newbury Street and shops at Prudential Center / Copley Place. Click here to visit the news posting.

Click the link below to download and read this listing in PDF format.

Boston Retail Guide 2018 Boston Stores That Deserve A Visit

RetailINTEL Economic Brief: Mid-year 2018 | Tariffs and taxes and trade wars, oh my!

Gathering storm clouds are beginning to cast shadows on what has been a recent fairly-positive economic period, with a bull-market for stocks that has lasted nine years, the third longest stock market upswing in history, and produced a gain of around 200 percent to date—rebuilding much of its recessionary loss of around $15 trillion. Retail Intel uses the term “fairly-positive,” because the economic recovery, while dramatic overall, has not lifted all boats. Stock market gains have been highly concentrated and dominated by large technology stocks. Just five companies: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook make up more than 15 percent of the…

Members can read more here

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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Recent news

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March 30, 2017
Claudia Cerchiara Elected President of Retail Design Institute

Claudia Cerchiara, RDI, Elected International President

The Retail Design Institute elected Claudia Cerchiara, RDI, as its International President at the association’s Spring Board Meeting held March 27, 2017 at GlobalShop. She will […]
February 23, 2017

Retail for a Cause Event to Benefit the Grace Rose Foundation (Cystic Fibrosis)

Our event in February was a tremendous success thanks to our attendees and generous sponsors. “Retail for a Cause” benefited the Grace Rose Foundation.  Grace Rose […]
January 24, 2017

WithMe Chicago is 45th Annual Store of the Year!

Pictured: Andrew McQuilkin, International Chairman, Ray Ehscheid, ​New York Chapter President, Jonathan and Danielle Jenkins, WithMe, Giorgio Borruso, Giorgio Borruso Design, James Farnell, International President. All […]
December 13, 2016

Starbucks @ Brewery Blocks – First Portland Event was a Great Success!

Ashley Blanton from Starbucks Store Design discussed the inspiration behind this unique location and Lindsay Votta, Store Manager gave us insight into the business of operating […]
December 6, 2016

Best New England Retail Spaces 2016

A team New England chapter members is working on a first-ever “Best Retail Spaces” in New England. We are searching for innovation, passion, connection with the area […]
June 29, 2016

Retail Focus Event

Over 75 guests attended the RDI Southern California chapter’s Retail Focus event held June 29th at the Shinola Detroit® retail store in Venice. It was a casual evening of […]

JOB POSTINGS

Below are a few of the most recent job postings. Full listings are available to members here.

  • under armour logo for retail design job listing Director, Global Concept & Prototype Development- Under Armour is looking for a qualified and driven Director of Global Concept & Store Development. This is an opportunity to be part of a great success story, as Under Armour continues to impact the business like no other company has. This position will be responsible for overseeing all strategy for new concept development and… Continue Reading
  • under armour logo for retail design job listing Lead, Global Store Design- Under Armour is looking for a qualified, driven Lead, Global Store Design – Strategy and Guidelines to support the Global Store Design & Development team for Under Armour Global Retail on the new concept designs, strategy and guidelines of retail stores. This position will support in the design of new concepts and coordinate internally with… Continue Reading
  • under armour logo for retail design job listing Sr Lead, Global Store Design- Under Armour is looking for a qualified, driven Sr. Lead, Global Store Design – Concept Design to support the Global Store Design & Development team for Under Armour Global Retail on the new concept designs for retail stores.This position will support in the design of new concepts and coordinate internally with development partners, as well… Continue Reading

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