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.

 

The Institute counts many leading retailers among our members.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Notice: The Institute’s International Office will be closed in observance of all federal and national holidays in North America, South America and Europe.

In Memoriam: Kent D. Hensley 1960 – 2022

A Celebration of Life for Kent Hensley will be held August 6, 2022 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Winter Lounge & Rooftop Deck (7th […]

International Officer Election for 2022-2024 Term

Watch your email boxes in July for a chance to nominate fellow members (or possibly yourself) to serve as International President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Institute. The two-year term begins November 1, 2022 and ends October 31, 2024. President and Vice President candidates must be Professional members while any member can serve as Treasurer or Secretary.

Following are the responsibilities /duties of each officer from the current By-laws of the Institute.

Tempur-Pedic (New York City)

Tempur-Pedic, New York City, is the 2020 Store of the Year!

Tempur-Pedic, New York City, is the Retail Design Institute’s 2020 Store of the Year. Ray Ehscheid, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement October 12, 2021. “We congratulate the Tempur-Pedic team on their impressive win that channeled multi-sensory experiences for a new 3,100-sq.-ft. store in Manhattan. ”The location takes advantage of its storefront using nature photography much like a window to a landscape beyond,” Ehscheid explained. In addition to its distinction of Store of the Year, judges also bestowed two Innovation Awards on Tempur-Pedic — one each for Materiality and Digital Integration. Catch the entire awards presentation  here.
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Recent News

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March 21, 2022

From the International President

July 2022 We’ve got BIG NEWS! Our newly revamped Design Resource Directory is LIVE as of today on our website. Find a wide range of top-notch […]
February 21, 2022

Event Recap: Mid-Winter Networking Happy Hour

The PNW Retail Design Institute was excited to bring our Chapter members together for a fun mid-winter networking happy hour on Feb. 17, 2022! We enjoyed […]
February 21, 2022

Event Recap: Circularity in Retail

Circularity in Retail: Where Things Come From and Where They Go January 27, 2022 The Pacific Northwest Chapter digs into the environmental impact of material use […]
January 10, 2022

50th International Design Competition Winners Announced

The Retail Design Institute has named 25 finalists in its 50th annual design competition. The judging panel consisted of Professional members of the Institute representing its […]
December 17, 2021

TOR Event Recap: 2021 Holiday Event!

  PSSST – we walked the runway at Christopher Bates Studio at our holiday event!! Well, sort of. OK, no, not really…. but we DID have […]
October 25, 2021

Event Recap: 50th International Design Awards Chapter Watch Parties!

Chapters across the Institute network celebrated the 50th International Design Awards by way of Watch Parties. The awards presentation — lived streamed from the Triad Theater […]

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The Retail Design Institute is the oldest and largest non-profit association dedicated to the store planning and design profession.
  • The Institute provides ample opportunity to learn from and connect with design trendsetters.
    Justin Fish
    Allied RDI. Member since 2020
  • During Covid-19 the Institute became my lifeline to the retail industry, keeping me engaged and connected to the design community. -- Nina Ricciardi, director, architecture, Burlington. Member since 2020.
    Nina Ricciardi
    Director, architecture, Burlington. Member since 2020
  • The Institute delivers high-quality educational opportunities - sharing ideas, knowledge and passion for the sole purpose of bringing the retail design community together.
    Mardi Najafi, RDI
    LEED AP, Creative Director, Retail Design, Figure3 Member since 2020