RetailEXPO Announces Winners of 2019 Student Design Awards

The winners of the 2019 Retail Design Student Awards, which aims to inspire and inform the next generation of store designers, were announced by RetailEXPO, Europe’s leading retail trade event, today.

Students from six colleges entered the contest this year, tackling briefs set by three participating retailers: ethical cosmetic and skincare business, The Body Shop; supermarket chain, Co-op; and coffeehouse company, Costa Coffee.



Rugile Gudaityte, Glasgow School of Art, Costa Coffee

Jovana Rasic, University of Westminster, The Body Shop

Bebhinn McDonnell, Manchester Metropolitan University, Co-op


Highly Commended:

Sarah Parker, University of Huddersfield , Costa Coffee



Camille Gaggiotti, University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, The Body Shop

Karen Tipan Romero, University of Westminster, The Body Shop


Winners have been offered paid internships. 20.20, Graven Images, MWorldwide, YourStudio, Innovare, and Fitch acted as mentors.

The judging panel this year consisted of senior design manager Tesh Chauhan; Quinine founder and director Ian Johnstone; Household Design creative director Elliot Price; Gensler principal John Tollit; Kinnersley Kent director Jill Higgins; Dalziel & Pow design project leader Anna Saunders; creative director at JHP Raj Wilkinson; and Retail Design World editor, Matthew Valentine. Design industry consultant and former Design Week editor Lynda Relph-Knight chaired the panel and organised the entry process.

Judges were impressed with the way that entrants tackled the briefs, applauding the clarity of communication, and the way that the winning entrants developed strong ideas into projects that the retailers would be pleased to implement in their businesses.

“I am deeply impressed by the level of commitment shown this year by all involved. The enthusiasm of the students, brief-setters and mentors was palpable. The Judges really debated to get the best results,” says Lydia Relph-Knight.

Matt Bradley, Event Director of RetailEXPO, commented: “The role of the bricks and mortar store is changing and more than ever before store design has a crucial role to play in delivering retail performance. We are delighted to support the next generation of store designers who will be creating the aspirational in-store environments that will help future proof the British retail sector for years to come.”

All winning and shortlisted work will be displayed at RetailEXPO in the Design Zone.




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