General Info

The International Retail Design Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community, drawing 400+ attendees from the U.S. and abroad.

Presented annually by VMSD, this one-of-a-kind conference is three days of design dialogue centered on best practices, evolving trends and fresh strategies for engaging shoppers and maximizing resources. Join us and:

• glean insight from industry experts—more than 30 sessions to choose from

• network with decision-makers from every facet of retail design

• participate in roundtable discussions on topics relevant to you

• take home a wealth of new ideas, new contacts and a renewed sense of passion for what you do

Want to know more? Sign up to become an IRDC Insider. You’ll receive the IRDC Newsbrief, with program updates, session previews, speaker Q&A and mini-profiles of interesting retail in Austin, site of the 2015 conference. Plus you’ll save another $100 off the EARLY-BIRD rate (does not apply to the Super Early Bird rate).



If you’re responsible for creating and maintaining retail environments, or if you’re interested in learning about new trends and ideas in retail, IRDC is for you. You should attend if you’re a …

Retailer involved in:

  • Management
  • Store Planning
  • Creative
  • Architecture
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Operations

Non-retailer, whose primary business is:

  • Design/Architecture Firm
  • Consulting Firm (brand development, strategic planning, research, etc.)
  • General Contractor



IRDC draws design professionals from throughout the U.S. and more than two dozen countries worldwide, including:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • India   
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar              
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States              
  • Venezuela



IRDC is for executive store planners, visual merchandisers, retail designers and sponsors only. If you are a manufacturer or supplier, you must be a sponsor to attend. Please visit the Sponsors page for more information.

We reserve the right to deny admittance to non-retailers. A non-retailer is anyone who seeks a business-to-business relationship (client, partner, etc.) with retailers. For example, if your company has design capabilities, but you also manufacture, install and implement the items for the spaces you design, you are considered a manufacturer/supplier and cannot attend IRDC. If retail design is your primary business, you qualify as an attendee. If printing graphics, for example, is a small portion of that design business, you won’t automatically be disqualified. In cases such as this, admission is granted at IRDC's discretion.

If you have questions about your retailer/non-retailer status, please contact us before you make travel plans for this event. IRDC makes every effort to notify non-retailers who register for a retailer-only event in error as soon as possible.