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The Retail Design Institute promotes the advancement and collaborative practice of creating selling environments.

Our members are the creative force that drives the retail industry forward. We believe in the power of design to shape consumer experiences, and we are committed to making a difference through our work.

Our Mission

Our Mission


The Retail Design Institute works with colleges and universities to develop retail design programs. We continue to work toward a degreed specialty in retail design through both architecture and design schools.

The Institute promotes continuing education and continuing education credits to improve the skill sets of working professionals.

Through workshops and seminars highlighting new and noteworthy trends, the Institute engages the retail community at large to share accomplishments in retailing and retail store design.

Career Building

At the point a career move is on the horizon, the Institute is there for members. We maintain a job board for members seeking a new challenge, working with retailers and recruiters.


The Retail Design Institute is actively involved in developing the next generation of design talent by sponsoring student design competitions at the Chapter level. Additionally, students of design and young professionals are welcome to request portfolio reviews. Mentorship offers benefits to both the mentor and mentee.


Most Institute Chapter meetings have a social aspect (meet and greet) prior to the program event. In general, Chapters hold two social events every year that might range from a holiday party to a boat cruise, to a golf tournament. Special events such as a tour of a new retail venue combine learning and pleasure.


International Officers

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