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We are the retail industry's creative professionals and 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 designs, store planners, visual merchandisers, resource designers, brand strategists, educators, trade partners, editors and publishers, and students.

Latest News

Institute Launches New Website March 28, 2017!
March 25, 2017 6:09am
The Institute (website) is on the move! The process of migrating existing data (photos, features and members) is underway. The site will be live March...
Save the Date! Annual Gala & Fundraiser is May 24 in NYC
March 10, 2017 8:40am
Gather at Current Chelsea Piers (overlooking the Hudson River and Chelsea Piers marina) with your colleagues and peers for an unforgettable evening ce...
46th Annual Design Competition Deadline EXTENDED to March 1, 2017!
February 16, 2017 6:28am
Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Retail Design Institute’s annual inte...
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Target | Minneapolis, MN
Designer | Store Planning
Target | Minneapolis, MN
Store Planners / Architects / Project Manager...
ACS Architectural Construction Services, Inc. | Brookfield, WI
Eyewear: Visual Merchandising/Unique Position
Grove Opticians | Boca Raton, FL
Store Designer - Victoria's Secret
L Brands | Columbus, OH
Macy’s Store Designer
Macy's | Cincinnati, OH
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Member Blog Posts

Sketching: A “right brained” view
September 14, 2016 8:08am
I was recently asked "What do you enjoy most about being an Architect"? The answer to the question is easy: Drawing! Sometimes, as architects we get lost in the fog of running a business or managing a complex project or dealing with screaming contractors and demanding clients. We often ...
September 14, 2016 8:03am
ACQUISITION ALLEVATO has become the Boston office of HFA, a 220+ person, multidisciplinary retail design firm based in Bentonville, AR with over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive A/E services for a variety of nationally recognized clients. We are dedicated to providing...
What are the top 5 retail design trends that aim to attract – and retain – the millennial customer?
September 14, 2016 8:01am
What are the top 5 retail design trends that aim to attract – and retain – the millennial customer? One of the most common conversations you hear today across media channels, professional societies, and even municipal planning discussions is about how to ‘deal’ with the &l...

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