Who is the International Retail Design Conference for?
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. Read more about who should attend on the Who Should Attend page.
Is IRDC open to everyone in the industry?
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 Why Sponsor page.) Otherwise, anyone interested in learning about new trends and ideas in retail is invited to attend.
Is there an exhibit hall or trade show component of the conference?
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. This year’s program in New Orleans also includes off-site tours of the city.
How can I recommend a speaker, or submit session/topic ideas for the conference?
Please contact us with program recommendations. We welcome your input.
Are AIA credits available?
We’re sorry, we are not able to administer AIA credits for conference sessions.
Can I get a list of conference registrants?
We’ll post the list of 2017 registrants (companies only) here in early August. In the final weeks leading up to the conference, the list will be automatically updated as registrations are received. For a general idea of who attends IRDC, see the “Who Attended IRDC 2016” page.
May I bring a guest to the IRDC Party on Thursday evening?
Yes. The cost for your guest to attend is not yet determined for 2017, but you will be able to purchase a ticket to the party on-site.
Do you accommodate special needs?
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.
What if I have a question about the conference that isn’t answered on this site?
Contact us or call 513.263.9318 with further questions.