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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Recent News

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

December 14, 2017

SoCAL Event Recap: Spirit of Urban Retail

December 14, 2017. Over 60 design professionals convened at the Comunity shoe store in the Art’s District of DTLA for an informative discussion on the future trends […]
November 2, 2017

PNW Event Recap: REI’s Journey to Redefine the Retail Flagship Experience

For the past several years, we have all witnessed how technology and consumers’ shopping styles have changed the way we interact with brands. We have seen […]
October 19, 2017

So Cal Futuristic Retail

The Los Angeles offices of Gensler hosted a RDI So Cal event Thursday, October 19th. Megan Lubaszka, SW Region, Creative Media Leader at Gensler gave a presentation on “Futuristic […]
October 17, 2017

Stores of the Year 45 Now Available in Hardcopy!

For those who enjoy (or prefer) the convenience and luxury of paper, the Institute has partnered with an on-demand source to provide hard copies of SOY45 […]
October 6, 2017

London Calling, Charlotte too!

Thanks to International Chairman James Farnell, we will soon be adding to our Chapter count with the addition of a London City Center. The London City […]
October 5, 2017

At Retail’s Big Show, January 14, 2018

Once again the Retail Design Institute will have a high-profile presence at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in January. And our sessions are always standing-room-only. […]

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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