REGISTER TODAY WITH EARLY BIRD PRICING!
The 22nd annual International Retail Design Conference will take place Oct. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio at the Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel. Register now through August 31 and save $200 on your ticket with our Early Bird rate!
Touted as the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, Columbus is one of the nation’s most innovative and up-and-coming destinations. Known as the creative hub of the retail design communities, the city is also home to many key brands as well as design and architecture firms. Join your retail design peers at IRDC for its renowned program – but be sure to take in the city’s scenic riverfront views, top-ranked culinary offerings and vibrant neighborhoods bustling with art, entertainment and fashion.
IRDC’s program features two full days of engaging educational and networking experiences for visual merchandising and store design professionals from across the globe. Mark your calendar for IRDC 2022 and join the Insider List below to save on your registration – plus we’ll keep you updated on the latest conference happenings.
IRON MERCHANT CHALLENGE
The annual Iron Merchant Challenge (now in its 16th year) is a mashup of improvisation, creativity and design science – plus one secret ingredient guaranteed to shake things up! Team spirit and audience participation add to the excitement.
Are you ready for the challenge? Sign up to participate in this year’s Iron Merchant Challenge during the registration process.
Retail Inspiration Walking Tour
Always an audience favorite, leave behind the conference room setting for an outdoor adventure during IRDC’s Retail Inspiration Walking Tour! This year, our tours will feature some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods highlighting inspiring artwork and murals, engaging local stores and restaurants, the coolest cultural spots and scenic riverfront views. Pack your walking shoes (and an umbrella just in case) and be ready to explore! Some of the most interesting areas in this up-and-coming city are just steps away from the Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel.
Hilton Columbus Downtown
IRDC 2022 will be held at the modern 4-star Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel. The Hilton is conveniently situated on High Street, the city’s main drag. This popular 5-mile stretch is packed with 300+ local restaurants, bars, clubs, boutiques and art districts — many just steps away from the host hotel! Book your hotel stay in the IRDC Room Block to take advantage of our special nightly rate.
401 North High Street | Columbus, OH 43215 | Phone: (614) 384-8600
WHAT OUR ATTENDEES SAY
IRDC is one of the most relevant seminars to the work I do as a retail designer. The seminars and events are well designed and give me real world information that I can use at my job every day.
This was the first IRDC conference that I have attended and what a great experience it was. The sessions helped to get my creative and inspirational juices flowing. The interactive sessions were great and I gained a lot of insight from the various speakers.
IRDC was nonstop inspiration fuel! I loved interacting with fellow retail professionals and hearing their stories, challenges, and ambitions. I feel I made several wonderful connections and would definitely attend in the future.
IRDC is my go-to place for industry trends and building relationships. Every time I attend, I walk away with new information that helps me look at my business differently, and sparks new ideas to evolve our business model. IRDC is a must for any retail related business.
IRDC provides me with an amazing venue to connect with industry peers, understand and relate to current retail trends and to network with current and new vendors. It's truly one of the most valuable industry events of the year!
This conference gave me a new perspective of the impact of my designs in the community…and gave me the inspirational boost that I was needing at this time of my professional career to keep generating creative and meaningful design solutions.
As a retailer attending for the first time, I found the educational sessions very worthwhile and definitely left me with lots of great ideas. The opportunity to network with movers and shakers in the industry was hugely beneficial and I made some great connections.
The IRDC conference is an incredible opportunity to meet leaders and trend setters withing the design industry. I am able to walk away with a better understanding of current and future trends which allows me to be a vital team member.
I've met some of my closest professional collaborators at IRDC. It shouldn't be a surprise as we all share so many interests, but these folks have become some of my best friends.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Join the most creative minds in retail in one of America’s most progressive cities.
Retailers with Experience in:
Visual Merchandising / Presentation / Display Store Design / Environment Retail / Customer Experience Store Planning Brand Management / In-store Marketing Corporate Management Creative Services / Graphic Design / Architectural Design / Strategic Planning / Retail Professionals in Transition
Contract Design/Specifiers in:
Interior Design/Architecture / Environmental Graphic Design / Consulting / General Contractor / Non-Retailer Professionals in Transition
About our Audience:
75% are senior level executives
85% work at corporate headquarters
IRDC serves executives, planners, merchandisers and designers from every retail sector—from department stores and discount chains to grocery stores and specialty boutiques—as well as designers, architects, consultants and contractors who specialize in creating and maintaining retail environments. If you are a manufacturer or supplier, you must be a sponsor to attend. Please contact Linda D'Adamo at [email protected] if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.
Almost. If you’re a supplier to the retail design industry (fixtures, lighting, etc), you must be a sponsor to attend the conference. (To learn more, visit the Become a Sponsor page or contact Linda D'Adamo at [email protected] for more information.) Otherwise, anyone interested in learning about new trends and ideas in retail is invited to attend.
No. At IRDC, the focus is on education and networking, so the program is comprised of general sessions, breakout sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions and networking events—all designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information.
Please contact us with program recommendations. We welcome your input.
We’re sorry, we are not able to administer AIA credits for conference sessions.
We’ll post the list of 2021 registrants (companies only) here soon. In the final weeks leading up to the conference, the list will be automatically updated as registrations are received.
Yes. We make sure our facility has total accessibility, and we do whatever is needed to make attending the conference as convenient as possible for all attendees. If you have a special need, please contact us after you have registered and we’ll make any necessary arrangements.