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.

November 3, 2020

Atlanta | Southeast Chapter Election Results 2020/2022 Term

Kathryn Patton-Miller, RDI, has been elected president of the Chapter. She is senior design director for RetailOne, Dallas, Ga. She most recently served as the Chapter’s […]
November 2, 2020

Southern California Chapter Election Results 2020/2022 Term

The Southern California Chapter has elected new leaders for the term beginning November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2022. Justin A. Hill, RDI, NCARB, was elected […]
November 2, 2020

New York Chapter Election Results 2020/2022 Term

The New York Chapter has elected new leaders for the term beginning November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2022. Andrew Lee, RDI, Assoc. AIA, was elected […]
November 2, 2020

Ohio Chapter Election Results 2020/2022 Term

The Ohio Chapter president, vice president and treasurer have been re-elected to serve for the 2020/22 term. Effective November 1, 2020, Declan McCormack, RDI, current Chapter […]
November 2, 2020
Sarah & Sebastian, Mosman | 2019 Design Award Winner

Sarah & Sebastian, Mosman | 2019 Design Award Winner

Sarah & Sebastian, Mosman Landini Associates Sarah & Sebastian, a contemporary jewelry label, asked the Landini Associates team to design an intriguing, but not intimidating space. […]
October 26, 2020
Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City | 2019 Design Award Winner

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, Women’s Shoe Salon | 2019 Design Award Winner

Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City Women’s Shoe Salon Saks Store Planning and Highland Associates The Saks store planning team and Highland Associates collaborated on the […]

JOB POSTINGS

Below are a few of the most recent job postings. Full listings are available to members here.

  • Store Designer 3, Bath & Body Works, Columbus Ohio - OVERVIEW Senior-level designer within a fast-paced, high-performance retail rollout team supporting U.S. and International Real Estate strategy. The position requires implementing an established design prototype in new and remodel store projects, and the designer is responsible for all aspects of planning and design. You are a collaborator who is curious about the cross-functional team’s point-of-view,… Continue Reading
  • CS Hudson, Customer Experience Specialist: full-time, in-office (not remote), Hauppauge, N.Y. - ABOUT OUR COMPANY: CS Hudson is a full-service company that provides innovative project and program management services for clients with dispersed portfolios in all commercial sectors. When we started in this business, we set out to change the way multi-site projects are managed — to excel at being customer-centric, solution-driven and dependable. Today, our clients… Continue Reading
  • Burlington Stores, Manager of Architecture, Las Vegas - Bring your 7+ years of retail architectural experience 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 more than 770 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Burlington is growing rapidly and our store innovation… Continue Reading

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