About the Institute
It all began possibly with Architect Vitruvius and his
Ten Books on Architecture, in which he outlined in
Books Five and Eight, resort and hydrocape architecture
by default while discussing some classical precepts
of building and landscape architecture.
As an ancient architect he discussed entertainment design
and hydroscapes as the recognized father of hydrology.
Today, resort and hydroscape architects are addressing
key social concerns.
The evidence is clear concerning international regard
for the IDAD discipline, advocating that it plays a
significant role in improving education, reducing childhood
obesity, juvenile crime, and controlled substance abuse.
Many studies also indicate that the public believes that
worldwide growth in development of hospitality, travel
and tourism facilities would directly benefit the public at
large by improving both physical and mental health. In
fact, a clear correlation exists between personal health
and frequent use of well-designed recreational facilities.
Additionally, the discipline and the industry as a whole
enjoys the public affirmation of their environmental
responsibility, consistently scoring higher in this category
than any other industry in numerous surveys.

Vitruvius on Water-
"For it is the chief requisite for life, for happiness, and for everyday use"
-The Ten Books on Architecture

IDAD believes that now is the time to invest in designing
and rehabilitating recreational facilities by expanding
dialog among IDAD architects, local agencies and private
sector stake-holders, as well as resource researchers,
conservation organizations and travel and tourism executives.
Hydroscapes are the major players in outdoor recreation
and national economies. Planning and design for tourism and
recreation revitalization is the most important ecological and
human safety, health and welfare issue facing designers in
the foreseeable future. IDAD is focused on developing and
disseminating techniques which can make resort and hydro-
scape zones more successful: promoting the human equation
and access to natural ecosystems, while preserving the
natural conditions.