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We are the retail industry's creative professionals and we were founded in 1961 to be a collaborative community where ideas, knowledge and passion would be shared at a local level and enable our members to fulfill the fast-paced planning and design needs of retail. 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.

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35th Annual Student Design Competition Winners
October 5, 2016 7:31am
The Institute’s 35th annual student design competition focused on the growing category of c-stores as many operators are currently redesigning, ...
Iron Design Competition 2016
September 23, 2016 8:45am
This year's Iron Design challenge was for students to design a pop-up shop to drive sales of products to support HMI's Back to School mission ...
Executive Officers for 2016-18 Term Announced
September 19, 2016 8:20am
The Retail Design Institute's Board of Directors met for its semi-annual Board Meeting September 18 in Chicago. Topping the agenda was executive o...
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Store Designer - Victoria's Secret
L Brands | Columbus, OH
Macy’s Store Designer
Macy's | Cincinnati, OH
Retail Account Manager
MG2 | Seattle, WA
Architectural Experience Designer
Adrenaline | Portsmouth, NH
Environmental Graphics Experience Designer
Adrenaline | Portsmouth, NH
Senior Retail Designer
King Retail Solutions | Eugene, OR
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Member Blog Posts

Sketching: A “right brained” view
September 14, 2016 8:08am
I was recently asked "What do you enjoy most about being an Architect"? The answer to the question is easy: Drawing! Sometimes, as architects we get lost in the fog of running a business or managing a complex project or dealing with screaming contractors and demanding clients. We often ...
September 14, 2016 8:03am
ACQUISITION ALLEVATO has become the Boston office of HFA, a 220+ person, multidisciplinary retail design firm based in Bentonville, AR with over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive A/E services for a variety of nationally recognized clients. We are dedicated to providing...
What are the top 5 retail design trends that aim to attract – and retain – the millennial customer?
September 14, 2016 8:01am
What are the top 5 retail design trends that aim to attract – and retain – the millennial customer? One of the most common conversations you hear today across media channels, professional societies, and even municipal planning discussions is about how to ‘deal’ with the &l...

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