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The Retail Design Institute's Annual

International Design Competition

Celebrating outstanding and innovative retail spaces

About the Competition

For more than 50 years, the Institute’s annual competition celebrates outstanding and innovative retail spaces that encourage new techniques in planning, design, graphics, lighting, and visual merchandising.

Call for Entries

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects covering all retail formats. (No entries accepted from general contractors, allied trades, fixture manufacturers, material suppliers, or owners’ representatives.) The competition welcomes exceptional retail experiences ranging from full-line traditional department stores to specialty apparel stores and restaurants to kiosks and pop-up shops.

Eligible projects are those completed between January 1 and December 31 in a given year.

Submissions require a 750-word narrative, plus photo captions for each submitted image (maximum of 8 for specialty stores and 12 for department stores, big box and mass merchant categories) and a floor plan. The narrative should cover the project’s scope, goals and objectives, customer journey, and branding. The text should also outline store planning, design, materials, lighting, and visual merchandising. Entrants are also asked to list the project's general contractor and suppliers, including additional consultants and contractors, plus equipment and decor vendors.

Entry Information

Entry Fees

  • For Members: the entry fee is $250 USD per submission.

    • The cost per additional entry for members with multiple submissions is $225 USD.


  • For Non-Members: the entry fee is $375 USD per entry.

Please pay online using the Institute’s secure payment portal.


Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express in U.S. dollars only.

To Qualify for Membership Entry Rates

To receive membership rates for submissions you must be logged in to this site as a member.


A list of finalists will be announced on this website. Individual finalists will be contacted by the Institute.


For more information, contact the International Office; at


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