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.

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 […]
August 10, 2020
Fido, Montréal | 2019 Design Award Winner

Fido, Montréal | 2019 Design Award Winner

Fido, Montréal CallisonRTKL Fido Solutions is a Canadian cellular phone service provider, whose Fido brand name was selected to appeal to both French- and English-speaking customers. […]
August 3, 2020
Birkenstock, Venice, Calif. | 2019 Design Award Winner

Birkenstock, Venice, Calif. | 2019 Design Award Winner

Birkenstock, Venice, Calif. TPG Architecture For Birkenstock’s second freestanding store in the U.S., the design goal was “not look like a shoe store.” The TPG Architecture […]
July 27, 2020
July 20, 2020

Alaska Lounge, Seattle | 2019 Design Award Winner

Alaska Lounge, Seattle Graham Baba Architects At the Alaska Lounge in SeaTac International Airport, the door is always open. Travelers seek lounges as an escape from […]

JOB POSTINGS

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

  • Associate Construction Manager, West Coast Region, Taco Bell Corp., Irvine, Calif. - Who is Taco Bell? Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified… Continue Reading
  • Associate Construction Manager, East Coast Region, Taco Bell Corp., New York - Who is Taco Bell? Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified… Continue Reading
  • Store Planner, Burlington Stores Inc., Burlington, N.J. - Bring your 4+ years of experience in retail Store Planning/Design 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 over 765 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. As a Store Planner, you’ll create… Continue Reading

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Due to the novel coronavirus/Covid-19, the Retail Design Institute has waived membership fees and dues through May 31, 2021 for new members. Stay informed, stay connected and receive all the benefits of Retail Design Institute membership through May 31, 2021. Please use discount code 2020free when signing up. *All prospective members will be vetted according to the Institute's stated membership criteria.