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.


Notice: The Institute’s International Office* will be closed in observance of all federal and national holidays in North America, South America, and Europe. *Retail Design Institute International Office, c/o Dash Nagel, 8750 Stirling Road, Ste. 102-227, Hollywood, FL 33024. Phone: 954-551-9234 (voice/text).

Chapter Officer Election Schedule for 2023-2025 Term

Members in Canada, Carolinas, Heartland, New England, and Twin Cities, watch your email inbox for a chance to nominate a fellow member or perhaps yourself to […]

Climate-Positive Material Solutions for Retail Interiors

Strategies for Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Retail Stores By Laurence Kieghan, Uniboard Canada; Karin Mihara, Riken USA; and Kenn Busch, Media RDI, Material Intelligence Retail […]

Connecting with Customers in Virtual Retail Experiences

How will shopping in the Metaverse compare with real-life experiences? Catherine Keywan, IIDA, RDI shares her insight in this Thought Leadership piece.

Treat, JKF International Airport, is the 2021 Store of the Year!

Treat at JFK International is the Retail Design Institute’s 2021 Store of the Year! Class of 2021 Revealed at Annual Awards Night!

Ray Ehscheid, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement October 12, 2022, in New York City. Announcement was made during the Institute’s 51st International Awards Presentation live-streamed from The Triad on 72nd Street. Treat is a new concept from XpresSpa Group (New York) focused on travel, health and wellness. It was designed in collaboration with Design Well Spent Company (Seattle).

“We congratulate the Treat team on their impressive win,” Ehscheid commented. The first 1186-sq.-ft. location opened in JFK International. The Design Well Spent team solved a number of business issues for XpresSpa Group, which was forced to pivot its business model of airport-based spa treatments due to the pandemic. In accepting the Store of the Year award, Tobi Wray, founder of Design Well Spent Co., detailed the story behind design and construction of the small space.

Catch the entire awards presentation here.
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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