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New York Chapter: January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy New Year to all! We hope that you enjoyed a restful holiday season and that you are as happy as we are to close the door on the train wreck of 2020.

As we welcome the New Year, we look forward to what this year will bring, celebrating the achievements of our retail design community members, and building a strong network for our members’ professional and personal development.

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our New York Chapter Board for 2021, announce and recap our upcoming and past events, and remind you of the continued membership fee waiver. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021!

Best regards,

Andrew Lee & Diana Revkin

New York Chapter President and Vice President

Retail Design Institute

New York Chapter 2021 Board Members

We are pleased to announce our Chapter Board for 2021. In addition to our elected officers, the ongoing success of our chapter relies on the efforts our board members bring to the Institute and our retail design community. We thank everyone for their continued commitment to furthering the mission of the Institute and fostering continued strength within our growing network.

Elected Chapter Officers Andrew Lee, RDI – Director & President Diana Revkin, RDI – Director & Vice President Tobias Harris W., RDI – Director & Treasurer John Santore, RDI – Secretary Cynthia Hirsch, RDI – Chairperson, President Emeritus

Chairs Jessica Yu, RDI – Events Chair Jonathan Perkins, RDI – Communications Chair Ramon Ocampo, RDI – Membership Chair Terry Lugo, Trade RDI and Susan Kimelman, Trade RDI – Sponsorship Co-Chairs

Board Members Carla Wells, RDI Dina Meindl, Allied RDI James McVoy, Trade RDI Lena Lim, Trade RDI Richard Cadan, Allied RDI Tre Roberts, RDI

Upcoming Events

It is with great pride that our Chapter can continue providing powerful, engaging and entertaining virtual programming in lieu of in-person events. Through our events, we can celebrate the innovative and exemplary design work our members generate and offer informative and educational panel discussions on important current topics, all of which create and build greater links within our community.

New Year, New Outlook - The Evolution of Health and Wellness Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 6 pm

Join the Retail Design Institute New York Chapter as we celebrate the New Year and host presentations from three leading brands that have re-imagined the health and wellness industry, through spatial experience, products, and services. Learn from the founders of these innovative companies about their approach to health and wellness and how they intend to disrupt the industry.

FEATURING: Andy Grover, Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, Tend Michelle Larivee, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WTHN Kane Sarhan, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Well


Past Events

Event Recap: Retail Design Institute NY Chapter x PAVE: Mentoring to Shape the Future of Retail
November 2020

In recognition of the importance of our future generation of industry professionals, together with The Planning and Visual Education Partnership, (PAVE) the NY Chapter hosted a virtual portfolio review for students. Students and professors from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York School of Interior Design, Appalachian State University and Howard University were represented. Following a presentation about the retail design industry, students were placed in small virtual groups with Institute member mentors to review and discuss their work and gain further insights into retail design industry.

PRESENTATIONS BY: Robin Wagner, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, NRF Foundation

Event Recap: Retail Design Institute NY Chapter x AIANY: Design Excellence –Celebrating Retail Design 2020
December 2020

The Chapter co-hosted its December event with the American Institute of Architects New York to celebrate projects by New York firms which were recognized in the Retail Design Institute’s 49th International Design Competition. Following presentations of Birkenstock, Cadillac House, Innisfree, and KitKat Chocolatory, a robust discussion on design learnings and thoughts.

PRESENTATIONS BY: Alec Zaballero, Managing Executive, Studio Creative Director, TPG Architecture Aya Matsumoto, LEED AP, Creative Director, TPG Architecture Caleb Mulvena, NCARB,RDI, Partner, Mapos Architects DPC Eunjung n(EJ) Chung, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Design Director, Gensler Matt Michaluk, Creative Director, LANDOR & FITCH

INTRODUCTIONS BY: Andrew Lee, RDI, Assoc. AIA, Senior Project Manager, Architecture + Planning, Equinox

MODERATORS: Barbara Weinreich, RA, NCIDQ, Director of Undergraduate Programs, NYSID Diana Revkin,RDI, NCIDQ, Assoc. AIA,Studio Director / Managing Associate, TPG Architecture


Complimentary Membership - Until May 31, 2021

As a reminder to our community, the Retail Design Institute has waived membership fees and dues through May 31, 2021, for new members. Spread the word to friends and colleagues, who may use discount code 2020free when submitting their membership application: All prospective members will continue to be vetted according to the Institute's stated membership criteria.

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