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

Sweet Seven Cannabis Co., Waterloo, Ont. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Sweet Seven Cannabis Co., Waterloo, Ont. Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto | Photos: Deena Kamel, Brampton, Ont. Sweet Seven Cannabis Co.’s pilot store is a contemporary […]
October 12, 2021

RS No.9 Carnaby, London | 50th International Design Competition Winner

RS No.9 Carnaby, London Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal | Gavin Media LTD, London RS No. 9 Carnaby is part gallery, part retail and part event […]
October 12, 2021

Sprayground, American Dream Mall, East Rutherford, N.J. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Sprayground, American Dream Mall, East Rutherford, N.J. Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal | Photos: Edward Caruso Photography, Woodside, N.Y. Innovation Award for Storefront Sprayground gained attention […]
October 12, 2021

Clean Market, New York City | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Clean Market, New York City Design: Heitler Houstoun Architects, New York City | Joel Pitra, DDReps, New York City Clean Market asked Heitler Houstoun Architects to […]
October 12, 2021

El Palacio di Hierro, Mexico City | 50th International Design Competition Winner

El Palacio di Hierro, Perisur, Mexico City Design: TPG Architecture, New York City | Photos: Héctor Armando Herrera The El Palacio design team and TPG Architecture, […]
October 12, 2021

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, New York City | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, New York City Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio | Photos: Courtesy Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme was ready to launch its brand in Times […]


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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