Our Profile

The journey

Since its inception in Toronto (Canada) in 1965, Design International has been known for its innovative and industry-leading designs. Building on its early renown in retail design, we have grown into an internationally recognised architectural practice. Widely regarded as one of the industry pioneers in retail architecture, our unique, beautifully crafted designs have won many awards, and are testament to our place as a trendsetter in our field.

Both innovative and ambitious, we are expanding our offer into new and exciting areas such as transport retail and hospitality. Our office network is also expanding with our newest office in Dubai opened in early 2018. It will complement our existing offices in London, Milan and Shanghai from which we provide services across six integrated divisions:  Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Landscape Design and Graphic Design.

With over 50 years into our journey, we go from strength to strength. We relish the next 50 years of journey, helping to shape stories and provide tailored experiences through our work.

Our Awards


RLI Awards

Future Project Award - Tunis Garden City


European Property Awards

Retail Architecture Italy - Caselle Open Mall

Arabian Property Awards

Best Mixed-use Architecture Abu Dhabi – Reem Towers


European Property Awards

Retail Architecture Serbia - Ada Mall

European Property Awards

Retail Architecture Italy - Maximall Pompeii

RLI Awards

Designer of the Year - Highly commended


RLI Awards

Future Project Award - Kingdom City Mall

MAPIC Awards

Best New Shopping Centre - Il Centro

International Property Awards

Best shopping mall - Silicon Oasis

Africa & Arabia Property Awards (IPA) 

Retail Architecture - Silicon Oasis

European Property Awards (IPA) 

Retail Architecture - Maximall Pompeii


RLI Awards

Designer of the Year - Design International

Central and South America Property Award

Best Retail Architecture - Mall of Guadalajara

Central and South America Property Award

Best Mixed-Use - Mall of Guadalajara


RLI Awards

Designer of the Year - Design International

Arabian Property Awards

Best Retail Architecture  - Metn.Point


RLI Awards

Most Innovative Retail & Leisure Concept - Morocco Mall

MIPIM Awards

Best Shopping Centre - Morocco Mall

MAPIC Awards

Best Shopping Centre - Morocco Mall

ICSC Global Awards MENA

Design and Development (Gold)

Guinness World Record

The largest in-store shop fa?ade - Morocco Mall


RLI Awards

Future Project Award - Cleopatra Mall



International Property Awards

Best Retail Architecture Worldwide - Cleopatra Mall

MAPIC Awards

Best Shopping Centre - Odysseum

International Property Awards

The International Architecture Award (retail) - Cleopatra Mall


International Property Awards

Best Retail Architecture Morocco - Morocco Mall

Arabian Property Awards

The Architecture Award - Morocco Mall

Crafting and delivering an experience that is tailored and personal

Our Clients

As an international practice, we work with clients from all over the world; from large companies with global reach to individuals who may have interests in one specific city. Whatever the size or scale of the project, our clients all share one goal: to create buildings that attract and engage everyone who visits them.

We have worked with some of our clients for many years and have built close working relationships with them. They tell us that some of the reasons they like working with us include: our focus on working collaboratively with our clients so that we co-create projects in line with their needs; our ability to set new trends; and our capacity to articulate local stories so that all our buildings work in harmony in their surroundings and also provide a tailored experience for visitors. 

For more information, please contact us:

Business Enquiries:


General enquiries: