Chapter Profile


A non-profit organization founded in 1961, the Retail Design Institute represents a diverse range of students and professionals dedicated to creating world class experiential consumer environments. We promote the advancement of our industry by developing educational, career building and networking opportunities. The Southern California Chapter currently incorporates the Southwest region(Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico) and Hawaii. Our membership includes Architects, Designers, Art Directors, Developers, Engineers, Store Planners, Strategists, Visual Merchandisers, Educators, Set Designers, Trade Partners, Retailers, Publishers and Students. Join us!


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SoCal’s Membership Evening at Matteo Lab
2014-09-10 10:23:55
Last month, the Southern California Chapter hosted an inaugural gathering at Matteo Lab in their new retail space, located in Downtown Los Angeles. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, music and a store to...
Carrefour Retail Innovation Delegation visits Los Angeles
2014-07-10 13:26:47
The Carrefour Group is a leading retailer in Europe and the second-largest retailer in the world, employing nearly 365,000 people. With more than 10,100 stores in 34 countries, Carrefour generated ...
Hunting for cool retail in Downtown LA’s hottest districts
2014-06-25 23:17:31
Downtown Los Angeles caught our attention this past week, where the Southern California Chapter of the Retail Design Institute hosted their annual Retail Safari and Mixer. Over twenty-five trendy r...
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President's Message


As a member of the RDI, you are part of an incredibly resourceful team of professional individuals with an increasingly diverse range of benefits at your disposal that can enable you to succeed in the business of design. There are a host of initiatives and tools which directly benefit our members, from signature events with key speakers, to networking opportunities or competitions that will promote your business or personal portfolio, supported by a fully functional website platform to engage with the industry at large. One of our core strengths in retail design, is the breadth and depth of skills that we are able to offer and the creative means through which we have sought to differentiate ourselves as a profession, to deliver new retail solutions to the market offering real value and return on investment. If you would like further information please contact the membership committee or join us for one of our events. We look forward to meeting you! 



James Farnell, President