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About the REKC

The AIA Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community (REKC) fosters the creation, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about the retail and entertainment environments among practitioners, clients, retailers, and the general public to advance the practice and improve the quality of retail and entertainment environments.

Find out more about how REKC promotes knowledge, develops best practices, and provides a forum for discussion to the retail design community.

Latest Discussions

  • I asked a colleague last week about the future of the physical retail facilities and he sent me a fascinating article on the subject. it is very enlightening and worth the time to read.

  • In an effort to learn more about how AIA members use and implement the Lean Design and Construction process, we’d like to ask for a few minutes of your time to take part in the AIA Lean Design...

  • You are invited to participate in the NIBS Energy and Water Efficiency Workshop, see below for more details. If you are unable to attend but are interested in future events, sign up here . Tackling...

Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging (SADI) Awards

Receive national acclaim for your retail store, shopping center or retail design with the Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging (SADI) Awards competition, presented by Retail Traffic magazine in collaboration with the AIA Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community. Refer to the SADI Awards Web site for more information.

Reinventing Retail and Mixed-Use Presentation Database

The Urban Land Institute Reinventing Retail and Mixed-Use: Surviving, Thriving, and Positioning for the Future conference was held February 4 - 5, 2009. Presentations from the conference are available for download in the ULI web site.

Other Resources

Institute of Store Planners | International Council of Shopping Centers
Urban Land Institute | National Retail Federation
Retail Design and Visual Presentation


  • Join REKC Leadership

    Nominations are open for the 2017 REKC Advisory Group (AG). AG members promote the mission of the REKC by helping to plan content, present knowledge at events, and participating in monthly meetings.

    Nominations are due October 3

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