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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Recent News

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May 29, 2018

Congratulations Stores of the Year! Class of 2017!

The party of the year started with a champagne toast to the finalists. In less than an hour, iKOU was crowned 2017 Store of the Year! […]
May 28, 2018

In Memoriam: Richard C. (Dick) Roeder, RDI, 1925-2018

Richard C. (Dick) Roeder, 92, of Houston, passed away in his sleep April 30, 2018 with family at his side. He was born June 10, 1925 […]
May 24, 2018

In Memoriam: Chuck Raymond, FRDI, 1926 – 2018

May 24, 2018

iKOU is the Institute’s 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 […]
May 8, 2018

47th Awards Gala & Fundraiser: Single Tickets Now Available!

The 47th Awards Gala & Fundraiser takes place May 23 at Current Chelsea Piers, New York City. Our annual design awards and gala and fundraiser to […]
May 8, 2018

Meet the Finalists for 2017 Store of the Year!

The countdown clock is ticking! Which of these 33 projects will be the 2017 Store of the Year? Get your ticket to the 47th Awards Gala […]

JOB POSTINGS

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

  • park avenue consulting services logo Senior Architect - Our New York office is seeking a creative, innovative Senior Architect with Industrial and other Multi-Story Commercial experience to lead and execute a broad range of projects through the design process, production of construction documents and construction administration as part of a project team. The Senior Architect will also be responsible for developing solutions to… Continue Reading
  • dollar tree Store Setup Coordinator, Dollar Tree, Chesapeake, Va. - Summary of Position (Job Purpose) - Major purpose and functions of the position. Responsible for obtaining business operating licenses and Certificates of Insurance Responsible for setting up and/or disconnecting utilities for new, relocating, expanding and existing stores Responsible for obtaining necessary licenses for rebranding (or other special project rollouts as needed) Principal Duties and Responsibilities… Continue Reading
  • 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

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