Join VMSD this fall in Denver for the annual International Retail Design Conference to celebrate our 21st anniversary!
September 21-22, 2021 | Denver, Colorado
2021 IRDC Agenda
Conference Registration12h 00min
Networking Breakfast1h 00min
General session0h 45min
Breakout sessions0h 30min
Breakout sessionsCafeteria 0h 30min
Roundtable lunch1h 15min
Breakout sessions0h 30min
Retail Inspiration Self-Guided Tour2h 30min
Iron Merchant Competition + Reception2h 00min
Conference registrationCafeteria 10h 00min
Sponsor case study breakfast2h 00min
General session0h 40min
Networking BreakCafeteria 0h 20min
Breakout sessions0h 35min
Roundtable Lunch with VMSD AwardsCafeteria 1h 30min
Interactive workshops1h 00min
Networking Break0h 15min
Breakout sessions0h 35min
Networking Break0h 20min
Keynote + Closing Remarks1h 00min
Closing Reception2h 00min
IRON MERCHANT CHALLENGE
The annual Iron Merchant Challenge is a mashup of improvisation, creativity and design science – plus one secret ingredient guaranteed to shake things up!
Together, six teams will dive in blindly to conceive and create a winning display focused around a theme, a hodgepodge of materials and one secret ingredient. Are you ready for the challenge? Sign up to participate during registration!
Sponsored by Fusion.
Retail Inspiration Walking Tour
Always an audience favorite, leave behind the conference room setting for an urban adventure in a city known for its active, outdoor lifestyle and 300 days of sunshine annually. Our Retail Inspiration self-guided tours detail the coolest cultural spots, most engaging local stores and breathtaking architecture in three of Denver’s most vibrant neighborhoods. If you’re up for the challenge, put on your walking shoes, choose your destination, grab a few friends and head out for adventure. Some of the most interesting corners of this fast-paced, ever-evolving city are just steps away from the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel.
What Our Visitors 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.
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 Sponsorship Opportunities page.) 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.
Join us at IRDC 2021 in Denver
Our host hotel is just steps from Denver’s famed 16th Street pedestrian mall and the city’s best entertainment, culture and dining.
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202