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.
Read more

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….

Read more here

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…

More information

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

Boston Retail Guide: Beantown Stores Deserving a Visit

The Boston Retail Guide is an annual listing of of new and notable Boston merchants. This 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

Retail Design Institute
Recent news

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

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 […]
December 30, 2015
Holiday Pop-Up Shop to be held in December with proceeds benefiting DIFFA. Photo by Richard Cadan

Retail Design Institute NY Chapter Hosts DIFFA’s Gift For Life Pop-Up Shop

New York, NY (November 16, 2015) – DIFFA’s Gift For Life Holiday Pop-Up Shop will be open December 2-6 in the Siegel-Stockman Showroom offering a variety […]

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

Looking for access to the classifieds?

Join the Retail Design Institute for full access privileges to all members-only content, including classifieds, resumes, the Resource Library, contact information for members. Only members can access content such as Stores of the Year eBook and RetailINTEL Consumer Trends Brief!

Interested in becoming a member?

The Retail Design Institute is the oldest and largest non-profit association dedicated to the store planning and design profession.
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.