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.

June 24, 2015

2015 Student Design Competition Winners Announced

Retail Design Institute awards a combined $20,000 to Top Student Work and Educational Institutions   (Cincinnati) June 19, 2015 – The Retail Design Institute has announced […]
January 15, 2015

Atlanta Designers take 1st Place at International Store Design Awards

Miller Zell’s Orchard Supply Hardware Prototype took 1st Place in the Large Format Specialty Store Category at the 44th International Store Design Awards Gala held in […]
May 5, 2014
Chicago Retail Design Institute

Private Brand Tour at Wolverine Worldwide

Our Chapter had the opportunity to get insights into the brands of Wolverine Worldwide at its corporate brand event. This unique opportunity only happened for members of the Chicago Chapter of the Retail Design Institute.
April 14, 2014

A.R.E. Awards for Under Armour, March 2014

Under Armour, a+i architecture and Chandler received recognition at the A.R.E. Awards in March for Under Armour. The companies were presented with the Fixture of the […]
July 8, 2013

San Francisco Design Week 2013 a Huge Success

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Herman Miller for hosting the RDI San Francisco Design Week event in June. We screened – for […]
May 15, 2012

CitySCENE, May 2012

Plan to be here: DDI Magazine and the Northern California Chapter invite you an evening of rooftop networking and cocktails. Grab the design team- everyone is […]

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.