About the Retail Design Institute

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


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 and are rated as one of the top placement services in the industry.


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 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.

Code of Ethics for Members

Members of the Retail Design Institute are dedicated to excellence in the development of retail environments and maintaining the highest professional standards and practices.

1 . A Member shall accept compensation for services performed only from his/her direct client or employer.

2. In addition to competing on the basis of price, a Member shall compete for business on the basis of professional qualifications and resources necessary to adequately provide the services sought by a potential client.

3. A Member participating in a design competition process shall represent his/her work accurately and in a professional manner. Each Member shall comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws governing his/her work and the work of competitors.

4. A Member acting as a professional advisor or judge for any Retail Store Design Competition/Contest shall remove himself/herself from judging any category or aspect of the competition involving either their own or their client’s work entered in the competition.
Commentary: This provision is intended to prevent any conflict of interest and to provide objective judging during a design competition.

5. A Member shall not knowingly injure falsely or maliciously, the professional reputation, or practice of another member of the profession.

6. A Member shall share/divide fees only with appropriate consulting professionals specifically related to the professional design services rendered, and/or those regularly employed or associated with his/ her office. All fees or rebates should be clearly disclosed to the client.

7. A Member shall accurately represent his/her professional work in all advertising/marketing and promotional materials.

8. A Member shall identify as “paid advertising” any marketing material when presented in a trade publication or other media solely or specifically for promotional purposes.
Commentary: Feature articles by the media highlighting current work of designers/firms are newsworthy and beneficial to the industry and public. However, this provision is intended to discourage “buying” coverage by offering any form of payment for said coverage.

9. A Member shall always act in a manner to support and promote the best interests of the Store Planning profession.

10. A Member shall exhibit pride of membership in the Retail Design Institute. However, a Member shall not imply that said membership constitutes any approval or endorsement of his/her professional services by the Institute.