The Institute's 48th annual design competition celebrates outstanding and innovative retail spaces that encourage new techniques in planning, design, graphics, fixturing, lighting and visual merchandising.
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, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The competition portal opens Tuesday, December 11, 2018 for entries and closes Friday, February 15, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019. Click here to be connected.
Submissions require a 750-word narrative, plus photo captions for each submitted image (maximum of 8 for specialty stores and 12 for department store, 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. Text should also outline details such as store planning, design, materials, lighting and visual merchandising. Entrants are also asked to list the general contractor and suppliers to the project including additional consultants and contractors, plus equipment and decor vendors.
The "Class of 2018" (finalists for Best in Class award) will be announced in March 2019. The Store of Year (Best in Class) winner will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala & Fundraiser scheduled for May 22, 2019 in New York City. Winning projects will also be published in CSA magazine.
For more information, contact Janet Groeber; email@example.com