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NEWS AND EVENTS

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 various Chapters.

These projects make up the Institute’s Class of 2020, for retail projects opened in 2020 (January 1 through December 31) and represent design achievement in categories ranging from pop-up stores to fine dining. This year’s competition attracted submissions from 62 retail teams around the globe.

The Institute’s 2020 Store of the Year will be announced October 12 at a virtual event to be simulcast from New York City on YouTube. Additionally, the Institute’s coveted Innovation Awards, ranging from planning and circulation to lighting design and decorative material usage, will be announced as well.

The following winning projects make up the Institute’s “Class of 2020” — projects represent the “best of the best” stores opened in 2020. The Institute’s annual “class” represents the best of the best regardless of store format or retail merchandise/service classification.

The Retail Design Institute’s Class of 2020

AT&T Experience Store, Dallas. Design: AT&T Creative Innovation Team, El Segundo, Calif.
Buff City Soap, Dallas. Design: CallisonRTKL, Dallas.
Christopher Bates, Toronto. Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto.
Clean Market, New York City. Design: Heitler Houstoun Architects, New York City.
El Palacio de Hierro, Perisur, Mexico City. Design: TPG Architecture, New York City.
Fresh St. Market, Vancouver, BC. Design: King Retail Solutions, Eugene, Ore.
Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Montréal. Design: Jeffrey Hutchison and Associates, New York City.
Ippolita, Chicago. Design: Jeffrey Hutchison and Associates, New York City.
Joe Fresh, Toronto. Design: Burdifilek, Toronto.

Knock Knock Spirits, Lexington, S.C. Design: api(+), Tampa, Fla.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, New York City. Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio.
RS No.9 Carnaby, London. Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal.
Sleep Number (at CES), Las Vegas. Design: Sleep Number, Minneapolis and Centerpoint, Woodbury, Minn.
Snow Peak, Portland, Ore. Skylab Architecture, Portland, Ore.
SONIC, Tahlequah, Okla. Design: ChangeUp, Miamisburg, Ohio.
Spazio Lenovo, Milan. Design: Italian Design Excellence srl (Alessandro Luciani Designer), Milan.
Sprayground, American Dream Mall, East Rutherford, N.J. Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal.
Strictly Cycling Collective, New York City. Design: TPG Architecture, New York City.
Sweet Seven Cannabis Co., Waterloo, Ont. Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto.
T-Mobile, Plano, Texas. Design: IA Interior Architects, Seattle.
Tempur-Pedic, New York City. Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle.
The Raider Image Official Team Store, Las Vegas. Design: RGLA Solutions, Inc., Schiller Park. Ill.
Walmart, Springdale, Ark. Design: Landor & Fitch, Columbus, Ohio.
Whole Foods Market, Sherman Oaks, Calif., DL English, Pasadena, Calif.
Yu Seafood, Toronto. Design: dialogue 38, Toronto.

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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January 7, 2021

New York Chapter: January 2021 Newsletter

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December 23, 2020

December 2020: From the International President

Season’s Greetings Members and Friends of the Retail Design Institute As the 2020 year draws to a close, we are reminded of the tumultuous time that […]
December 21, 2020

International Job Search Committee Formed

As retail industry job losses grow, a number of Institute members expressed a desire to give back — helping job seekers by serving on this newly […]
December 21, 2020

50th International Design Competition: Submission Portal 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 […]
December 8, 2020

XYZ Storage, Toronto | 2019 Design Award Winner

XYZ Storage, Toronto Ampersand Studio Inc. Self-storage is booming in Canada with the competition becoming fierce. The objective was to rethink how XYZ, a 20-year-old self-storage […]
November 30, 2020
Whole Foods Market, Seattle | 2019 Design Award Winner

Whole Foods Market, Seattle | 2019 Design Award Winner

Whole Foods Market, Seattle D L English Design Inc. The DL English Design team approached its work on this Seattle Whole Food Market location with the […]

JOB POSTINGS

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  • Global Concept Designer, Taco Bell, Irvine, Calif. - About the Job: Taco Bell has been recognized as a leading innovator in the restaurant industry and even the business world. The Global Concept Designer must be highly creative with solid design skills and an effective professional with broad retail restaurant design. The ideal designer must have international experience and demonstrate the ability to create… Continue Reading
  • Store Construction Senior Manager, Luxottica, Chicago - Luxottica is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Our wholesale network covers more than 150 countries and our retail presence consists of over 9,100 retail stores across the globe. In North America, our wholesale business is the home to global brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many… Continue Reading
  • Retail Design Principal, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte, N.C. - Job description Little, recognized as a “Best Firm to Work For” and one of North America’s most progressive design firms, is seeking a Retail Design Principal with a positive, collaborative work style, who will lead the design of our projects in our Retail Practice Group nationally. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for high-quality design… Continue Reading

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