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

Cadillac House, Shanghai, is the 2019 Store of the Year!

Cadillac House in Shanghai, China, is the Retail Design Institute’s 2019 Store of the Year. Claudia Cerchiara, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement July 2, 2020. “We congratulate the Cadillac House team on their impressive win that combined elements of a classic car showroom with the interactivity of an educational exhibit.” The space combines education with aspiration and brand elements “that communicate the space as clearly Cadillac,” Cerchiara explained. In addition to its distinction of Store of the Year, judges also bestowed three Innovation Awards on Cadillac House — one each for Architecture, Customer Experience and Digital Integration.
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Retail Design Legion of Honor Inducts Paul Lechleiter

Paul Lechleiter is the latest practitioner to be inducted into the Retail Design Legion of Honor. Lechleiter, who has logged more than 35 years in the retail design industry, is chief creative officer of FRCH NELSON, Cincinnati. As FRCH NELSON’s creative visionary, Lechleiter’s role is hands-on involvement in day-to-day creative output, providing creative leadership for a variety of client relationships….

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James Farnell Named Fellow of the Institute

Farnell joined the Institute in 2009 as a Professional member through the Southern California Chapter and later serving as its President August 2011 through October 2014. He was named Professional Member of the Year in 2013 for his work on behalf Southern California. Farnell has consistently upheld the mission and values of the Institute, representing the interests of all Institute’s membership from student to professionals and trade partners…

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Announcing the Mark V. Looper Award for Design Collaboration

“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.”

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international retail design conference

Attention Institute Members!

All IRDC registrants will receive the on-demand version, so register even if you can’t attend.

Presented annually by VMSD magazine, the International Retail Design Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that comprises two full days of design dialogue centered on best practices, evolving trends and fresh strategies for engaging shoppers and maximizing resources.

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May 8, 2018

NY: Iron Design 2018

May 1, 2018

PNW Event Recap: Design Week PDX – Seriously Memes?!

Design Week Portland 2018 provided the perfect opportunity for our April Pacific Northwest Chapter member meet-up.  Attending RDI members were treated to IDL Worldwide’s fourth annual DWP […]
April 20, 2018

SoCal Event Recap: Eataly L.A. Design Tour

As they say at Eataly “When you can’t take a trip to Italy, come to Eataly!” Participants event felt “transported” to Italy at the Eataly L.A. design tour Wednesday, April 4 in […]
March 24, 2018

PNW Event Recap: Leisure Sports & Experiential Design

March 22, 2018:  Pacific Northwest Chapter members, along with a few “almost members,” enjoyed all that an evening of leisure sports can offer at ACME Billiards Bowling […]
March 17, 2018

SoCal Event Recap: Artistic Retail

It was a packed house at SoCal’s Artistic Retail event held February 28 at Substraight Gallery. Guest presenters Phil Otto and Alan Koch, both of Otto […]
February 26, 2018

Stores of the Year 46 Hardcopy Available on Demand!

            For your professional library,  this 225-page, perfect-bound book printed on recycled stock, includes full-color photos of all grand winners and […]

JOB POSTINGS

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

  • park avenue consulting services logo Design Lead - Firm-wide Design Resource - enthusiastically share your passion for design and your expert knowledge. Lead presentations to large, high-profile clients. Establish and maintain strong client relationships. Establish creative concepts that meet clients’ vision and support project scope and budget. A design mentor across the firm, guiding team members in their professional growth. Actively participate with… Continue Reading
  • H-E-B Logo for retail design job listing Store Planner - As a Store Planner, your work will help define physical, digital, and human elements in our Stores and non-retail facilities. With guidance and general direction, you'll develop project documentation to support H-E-B business strategies. Continue Reading

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