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

T-Mobile, Plano, Texas | 50th International Design Competition Winner

T-Mobile, Plano, Texas Design: IA Interior Architects, Seattle | Photos: Best Good Thing Photography, Seattle From a brand perspective, the new T-Mobile store in Plano, Texas, […]
October 12, 2021

Joe Fresh, Toronto | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Joe Fresh, Toronto Design: Burdifilek, Toronto | Photos: A-Frame Studio, Toronto Innovation Award for Brand Integration Joe Fresh and the Burdifilek design team created an interior […]
October 12, 2021

The Raider Image Official Team Store, Las Vegas | 50th International Design Competition Winner

The Raider Image Official Team Store, Las Vegas Design: RGLA Solutions, Inc., Schiller Park, Ill. | Photos: Josh Line Photography, Las Vegas (except as noted) The […]
October 12, 2021

AT&T Experience Store, Dallas | 50th International Design Competition Winner

AT&T Experience Store, Dallas Design: AT&T Creative Innovation Team, El Segundo, Calif. | Photos: Randal Finklea, AT&T The AT&T Experience Store is a 5,000-sq.-ft. flexible retail […]
October 12, 2021

Christopher Bates, Toronto | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Christopher Bates, Toronto Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto | Photos: Arnal Photography Toronto (unless otherwise noted) Showroom or office? Creative studio or fashion runway? VIP event […]
October 12, 2021

SONIC, Tahlequah, Okla. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

SONIC, Tahlequah, Okla. Design: ChangeUp, Miamisburg, Ohio | Photos: Mark Steele Photography, Columbus, Ohio Innovation Award for Graphics Originally founded in 1953 as future-forward concept – […]


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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