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.

International Officers Elected for 2022-2024 Term

Cynthia Hirsch Ortiz, RDI, Kathryn Hof Abercromby, RDI and Dina Meindl, Allied RDI, have been re-elected as International President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, for the 2022-2024 […]

In Memoriam: Richard James Lewis, FRDI, 1950-2022

Note: Richard’s family is planning a memorial in his honor with a date and time to be announced. Richard James Lewis, 72, passed away suddenly August […]

Retail Partnership Marketing Panel at StorePoint Retail 2022

  August 21, 2022: Retail partnership marketing continues to reshape the retail landscape and the Retail Design Institute visited StorePoint Retail in greater Orlando to explore […]

Tempur-Pedic (New York City)

Tempur-Pedic, New York City, is the 2020 Store of the Year!

Tempur-Pedic, New York City, is the Retail Design Institute’s 2020 Store of the Year. Ray Ehscheid, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement October 12, 2021. “We congratulate the Tempur-Pedic team on their impressive win that channeled multi-sensory experiences for a new 3,100-sq.-ft. store in Manhattan. ”The location takes advantage of its storefront using nature photography much like a window to a landscape beyond,” Ehscheid explained. In addition to its distinction of Store of the Year, judges also bestowed two Innovation Awards on Tempur-Pedic — one each for Materiality and Digital Integration. Catch the entire awards presentation  here.
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October 12, 2021

Walmart, Springdale, Ark. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Walmart, Springdale, Ark. Design: Landor & Fitch, Columbus, Ohio | Photos: Walmart Photography Innovation Award for Digital Integration Walmart and FITCH – now Landor & Fitch […]
October 12, 2021

Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Montréal | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Montréal Design: Jeffrey Hutchison and Associates, New York City | Photos: Frédéric Bouchard, Montréal The original Ogilvy Montréal store opened in 1912 and […]
October 12, 2021

Strictly Cycling Collective, New York City | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Strictly Cycling Collective, New York City Design: TPG Architecture, New York City | Photos: Veronica Bean, TPG Architecture When looking to expand, family-owned Strictly Cycling Collective […]
October 12, 2021

Spazio Lenovo, Milan | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Spazio Lenovo, Milan Design: Alessandro Luciani Designer, Milan. Spazio Lenovo is a 9,600-sq-ft. place where visitors can read, work, get information or enjoy a meal at […]
October 12, 2021

Buff City Soap, Dallas | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Buff City Soap, Dallas Design: CallisonRTKL, Dallas | Photos: ©Dror Baldinger FAIA, San Antonio Innovation Awards for Environmental Graphic Design and Visual Merchandising Inspired by the […]
October 12, 2021

Yu Seafood, Toronto | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Yu Seafood, Toronto Design: dialogue 38, Toronto | Photos: Kerun Ip, Richmond Hill, Ont. Innovation Award for Lighting Yu Seafood is an established restaurant in the […]


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  • 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