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15th Annual Rising Star Award Returns to the PAVE Gala - Call for Nominations Now Open

Hollywood, Fla. (August 31, 2022) The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is seeking nominations for its 15th Annual Rising Star Award. This award recognizes young leaders who have significantly impacted the retail arena throughout these ever-evolving times. We’re looking for designers, architects, visual merchandisers, store planners, and project managers who are proven visionaries, innovators, and leaders among peers.

“Emerging strong from the global pandemic, retail today reflects the blended channels that comprise a brand. Although the role of a brick-and-mortar location has evolved it remains worthy of acknowledging and applauding the Rising Star responsible for creating and implementing the store design," said the award's creator Nancy Jackson, Chief Creative Officer, ASI/Architectural Systems, Inc. "Please honor this award by nominating someone deserving!”

2021 PAVE Rising Star Emma Morgan, Design Director, Tiffany & Co. accepting her award.

A Rising Star is a young professional who has exhibited outstanding leadership in the brand environment industry. These emerging leaders anticipate client needs, motivate a team, transform the simple into the extraordinary, and inspire the consumer. This year’s Rising Star should also have shown the ability to pivot, stay inspired, and engage others while navigating retail design's current state of flux.

2021 PAVE Rising Star Finalist Macy Hilliard, Associate Creative Director, Big Red Rooster – a JLL company (left), Recipient Emma Morgan, Design Director, Tiffany & Co. (center) and Finalist Aaron VandenHeuvel, Associate, CallisonRTKL (right) and accepting their awards.

Retailers, designers, and industry suppliers are invited to nominate individuals who have shown great leadership and talent in implementing inventive design strategies for their own companies and/or clients within the current, post-pandemic retail space. Nominations are free and easy — just complete the electronic nomination form found online at by Friday, October 21, 2022, by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals. All finalists will be recognized on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the PAVE Gala in New York City, where the winner will be announced.


About PAVE,

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.


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