Chapter Profile


Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Retail Design Institute. We are a diverse group of designers, architects, graphic designers, suppliers, retailers, educators and students with the goal of advancing innovation and collaboration of the creation of selling environments. Just as we are surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest our chapter which encompasses Washington, Oregon and Idaho is surrounded by some well known retailers in the country if not the world. Retailers like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, Eddie Bauer, Amazon, Microsoft, Nintendo, Tommy Bahama, REI, Columbia Sportswear and Nike are just a few of our friends and neighbors. The advancement of innovation and collaboration happens through our chapter meetings, presentations, networking events and retail walking tours and it is the energy and enthusiasm from our members that makes the Pacific Northwest Chapter stronger every day. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.


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The Passing of Jeri Straga Nelson
2013-02-27 09:04:10
It is with sad news that the Pacific Northwest Chapter has to report that one of our long time dedicated members and friend Jeri Straga Nelson has passed away. Jeri had been an active member of our...
Seattle Institute President Paul Bindolillo talks retail on local NPR radio
2010-12-08 14:53:19
Retailers focus on the look, sound, layout and even smell of a store to create an environment to get you to buy. It begins with the window display designed to draw you in. What are the tricks of the t...
Seattle Attends International Board Meeting
2009-03-30 15:38:42
Paul Biondolillo and Dena Yamaguchi represented the Seattle chapter at the spring 2009 International Board Meeting at Global Shop in Las Vegas. Among the many items discussed were the launch of the up...
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President's Message


Dear Chapter Members and Colleagues:



It is an honor and a privilege to serve as President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Retail Design Institute.  



As the new executive board transitions into its term, we’ll be discussing how to best serve our current and future members.  Starting with crafting events around your needs, we will survey our membership, identify what events interest you and set the results into motion. From there, we’ll create an Events Committee to execute plans and ensure your membership is meeting your needs professionally and, of course, socially. We’ll also form a Sponsorship Committee to help fund the gatherings and weave local businesses into our programming.



To keep our membership growing, we will heighten awareness of The Institute and expand our membership base to include professionals from other disciplines, including visual merchandisers, brand managers, industrial designers, real estate developers and technology experts. We’ll also expand our chapter into the Portland market and offer one-to-two events a year.



I’d like thank the out-going board and committee members for their commitment to our chapter.  Their dedication has given us the momentum it needs for continued success.  Finally, I’d like to thank our chapter members for your continued support.  We are here to serve you and welcome your involvement to keep our chapter evolving.  I look forward to seeing you at our next event!



Best regards,



Dena Yamaguchi, RDI                                                                                        President                                                                                                                     Pacific Northwest Chapter, The Retail Design Institute dyamaguchi@retaildesigninstitute.org