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

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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September 14, 2020
McDonald's, New York City | 2019 Design Award Winner

McDonald’s, New York City | 2019 Design Award Winner

McDonald’s, New York City Landini Associates Landini Associate’s design brief was to create a site-specific evolution of its global format for McDonald’s, a long-time client. The […]
September 14, 2020
Molton Brown, Darford | 2019 Design Award Winner

Molton Brown, Dartford | 2019 Design Award Winner

Molton Brown, Dartford Dalziel & Pow The Molton Brown brand story is woven throughout its latest space to engage with visitors. The new concept puts a […]
September 7, 2020
Maitri, Pittsburgh | 2019 Design Award Winner

Maitri, Pittsburgh | 2019 Design Award Winner

Maitri, Pittsburgh High Road Design Studio Maitri Medicinals wanted to continue its commitment to serving patients in the emerging Pennsylvania cannabis industry and to supporting the […]
August 31, 2020
Longo's, Toronto | 2019 Design Award Winner

Longo’s, Toronto | 2019 Design Award Winner

Longo’s, Toronto Ampersand Studio Inc. Longo’s operates 31 full-sized supermarkets in and around Toronto. For its newest store in suburban Toronto, the Ampersand Studio team evolved […]
August 24, 2020
Innisfree, Seoul | 2019 Design Award Winner

Innisfree, Seoul | 2019 Design Award Winner

Innisfree, Seoul Mapos Architects, D.P.C. Korean beauty brand, Innisfree, engaged Mapos Architects, D.P.C. to develop a new global retail concept and to create retail design guidelines. […]
August 17, 2020
Forty Five Ten, New York City | 2019 Design Award Winner

Forty Five Ten, New York City | 2019 Design Award Winner

Forty Five Ten, New York City 5G Studio Collaborative Forty Five Ten’s new New York City boutique brings together fashion, art, and emerging design talent in […]

JOB POSTINGS

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  • park avenue consulting services logo Design Lead - Firm-wide Design Resource - enthusiastically share your passion for design and your expert knowledge. Lead presentations to large, high-profile clients. Establish and maintain strong client relationships. Establish creative concepts that meet clients’ vision and support project scope and budget. A design mentor across the firm, guiding team members in their professional growth. Actively participate with… Continue Reading
  • H-E-B Logo for retail design job listing Store Planner - As a Store Planner, your work will help define physical, digital, and human elements in our Stores and non-retail facilities. With guidance and general direction, you'll develop project documentation to support H-E-B business strategies. Continue Reading

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