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Chapter Profile

The New York Chapter of the Retail Design Institute is proudly the largest chapter in the organization.

Our chapter membership comprises many of the industry’s most talented retail designers and related manufacturing, construction and design services. 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.

We have a long tradition of hosting frequent meetings where our members and guests gather to share ideas, learn what's new, and network at a venue that includes a presentation of current trends and events in the world of store design. 

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President's Message

Welcome to the New York Chapter. We are the largest membership chapter and have the advantage of being based in one of the world’s greatest retail markets with the industry’s best resources and projects right at our fingertips.

Our chapter meetings and events offer a wide wide range of topics, locales, and participants.  In an era of isolated on-line social media, emails, texting, tweeting, e-commerce - and now m-commerce - the value and importance of getting together ‘off-line” to network and meet face-to-face with your industry colleagues cannot be underestimated.

Since its founding in 1961, the Retail Design Institute continues to be a collaborative community where ideas, knowledge and passion are shared at a local level enabling our members to fulfill the fast-paced planning and design needs of retail. We have several great events already scheduled for the year and hope you are able to participate as much as possible.

A big thank to our volunteer Board members who meet on a monthly basis to plan events, develop memberhsiop programming and manage Chapter business. We encourage all members to participate as they can.

Chapter goals for 2016 continue to build upon the amazing success we had this past year, including significant membership growth, mentoring new talent and student outreach - as we continue to plan entertaining and inspiring events on a regular basis for all membership levels.

So what are you waiting for?!  Be a part of what’s new and exciting in retail design today. Contact us to join or renew your membership today!

Ray Ehscheid

New York Chapter President

Retail Design Institute

If you would like to receive event emails please send your request to  retaildesigninstituteny@gmail.com,  we will add you to the list.