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 50th International Design Competition is Now Open!

Members and non-members are invited to enter the Institute’s 50th International Design Competition for projects opened in calendar 2020. From scanning headlines to online searches, the year 2020 had a number of notable store openings domestically from New York City to greater Los Angeles, and internationally from London to Shenzen, in all retail formats.

Categories are the same as last year.* The submission package again requires a 750-word description, list of suppliers and high-resolution images. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021.

Winners will be announced in June 2021.

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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

Latest articles and galleries from the Retail Design Institute and Chapters.

September 21, 2018

New International Officers Announced for 2018-2020 Term

New York Chapter President Ray Ehscheid, RDI, Assoc. IIDA, was elected International president at the Fall 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting held September 16 in Boston. […]
August 29, 2018
Boston Retail Guide 2018

NE: 2018 Boston Retail Guide to 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 […]
August 22, 2018

PNW Event Recap: PDX West End Walkabout

Hot, smoky weather did not spoil the fun at our recent Summer Retail Walkabout event in Portland’s dynamic West End neighborhood.  Attending members and guests gathered […]
August 1, 2018
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RetailINTEL Economic Brief: Mid-2018 | Tariffs and Taxes and Trade Wars, oh my!

RetailINTEL reports help retail organizations, and companies supporting the retail industry, to better understand important emerging economic and consumer trends impacting their businesses. Gathering storm clouds […]
July 29, 2018

PNW Event Recap: Living Landscapes

A brilliant full moon rising over The Seattle Chinese Garden was just part of Pacific Northwest Chapter’s recent spectacular summer evening event.  The topic was living […]
June 11, 2018

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 […]

JOB POSTINGS

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

  • Associate Construction Manager, West Coast Region, Taco Bell Corp., Irvine, Calif. - Who is Taco Bell? Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified… Continue Reading
  • Associate Construction Manager, East Coast Region, Taco Bell Corp., New York - Who is Taco Bell? Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified… Continue Reading
  • Store Planner, Burlington Stores Inc., Burlington, N.J. - Bring your 4+ years of experience in retail Store Planning/Design to a growing Fortune 500 retail company and certified Great Place to Work! Burlington Stores is a nationally recognized retailer of high quality, branded merchandise at everyday low prices, with over 765 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. As a Store Planner, you’ll create… Continue Reading

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You may qualify for up to one year's complimentary membership!* In support of retail professionals everywhere

Due to the novel coronavirus/Covid-19, the Retail Design Institute has waived membership fees and dues through May 31, 2021 for new members. Stay informed, stay connected and receive all the benefits of Retail Design Institute membership through May 31, 2021. Please use discount code 2020free when signing up. *All prospective members will be vetted according to the Institute's stated membership criteria.