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Mission Statement


The Retail Design Institute promotes the advancement and collaborative practice of creating selling environments.


The Retail Design Institute works with colleges and universities to develop retail design programs. We continue to work toward a degreed specialty in retail design through both architecture and design schools.

The Retail Design Institute promotes continuing education to improve the skill sets of working professionals. Each Chapter is required to hold at least four Continuing Education meetings each year. Most Chapters are AIA and IIDA CEU providers.

The Retail Design Institute reaches out to the Retail Community at large through workshops and seminars, highlighting new and noteworthy trends, and accomplishments in retailing and retail store design.

Career Building

At the point a career move is on the horizon, The Retail Design Institute is there for our members. We maintain an The Retail Design Institute jobsite for members seeking a new challenge. The site is set up for employment opportunities, positions wanted and a resume posting service. We work with most retailers and recruiters and are rated as one of the top six placement services in the industry.


The Retail Design Institute Chapter Meetings have a social aspect prior to the program event. Most Chapters hold two social events every year. Events vary from a holiday party, to a boat cruise, to a golf tournament. Plus, occasional events like a tour of a new retail venue combine learning and pleasure.

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