Our Annual Competitions
The Institute Sponsors Two Design Competitions Annually
Retail Design Institute International Store Design Competition
The original store design competition, now in its 46th year, this event attracts the best of the best in Store Design worldwide. The industry's only totally peer reviewed competition, managed by each chapter in turn. On average, more than 200 international entrants vie for top awards. Awards are given at a Gala Ceremony and Fundraiser benefiting the Student Design Competition Prize Fund. Learn more about this year's competition: https://www.retaildesigninstitute.org/news/308
International Student Design Competition
Since 1971 and every year since, the Institute offers a competition for design students that simulates the real world conceptual development of a retail store. The goal of the quarter/semester long curriculum is to give educators a tool that helps students develop a process around how they solve design problems and it also is a way to encourage and recognize the emerging design talent. The Institute hopes that the competition is an effective way to interest students in the dynamic, consumer focused, and strategic career of retail design.
We are dedicated to continuously improving the format and tools, so please contribute ideas and feedback to the student education chair. Look for the upcoming year's "RFP" to be released by October each year with the final program and criteria release on January 2.