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.

International Officers Elected for 2022-2024 Term

Cynthia Hirsch Ortiz, RDI, Kathryn Hof Abercromby, RDI and Dina Meindl, Allied RDI, have been re-elected as International President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, for the 2022-2024 […]

In Memoriam: Richard James Lewis, FRDI, 1950-2022

Note: Richard’s family is planning a memorial in his honor with a date and time to be announced. Richard James Lewis, 72, passed away suddenly August […]

Retail Partnership Marketing Panel at StorePoint Retail 2022

  August 21, 2022: Retail partnership marketing continues to reshape the retail landscape and the Retail Design Institute visited StorePoint Retail in greater Orlando to explore […]

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

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

December 3, 2018

OH: Holiday Bash 2018 Recap

Thursday November 29,2018 the Ohio Chapter got together to celebrate another fantastic year. We enjoyed food, beverage and camaraderie at Skeleton Root in Cincinnati. Fun was […]
October 23, 2018

PNW Event Recap: Light + Space in the Built Environment

Awesome event last night for a great group of Pacific Northwest Chapter members and guests at Western Neon, Inc.. Candidates currently on the ballot for our PNW […]
October 2, 2018

PNW Event Recap: Looking Good – Photographing Branded Environments

The art and science of photographing branded environments – and in particular retail stores – was thoughtfully examined this past week by guest photographer Mark Steele at […]
September 24, 2018

Five Members Recognized for Outstanding Service in 2018

Annually the Institute recognizes members, as nominated by fellow members, for their service. This year five members are being honored. Congratulations to Maureen Farrell, RDI, LEED […]
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

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 […]

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  • 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