The constitution and by-laws of the international professional
body, i.e. Institute of Destination Architects and Designers
(IDAD), a Virginia (Pending) non-profit, non-stock corporation.


Name: The name of the corporation is the "Institute of
Destination Architects and Designers". The corporation
may be referred to as "IDAD" or as the "Institute".

Definition of Destination Architects and Designers:
Destination architects are individuals who, by virtue of
training, in accordance with the Institute's policies,
design, research and develop hospitality, travel, tourism,
theme and resort complexes and other vacationscapes.
Coastal architects are destination architects who focus
on near-water developments. Destination designers are
distinguished from architects by their training being
explicitly defined by the Institute in their given specialties.
IDAD architects and designers are responsible for the
planning and development of all aspects of land/water
interfaces that relate to resort, sport and destination
development, including marine, riparian and freshwater
bodies. This polyspecialized field is concerned with
human/water interactions, resort, travel, tourism and
hospitality issues at inland, landfall, near-shore and
offshore sites. Such architects use recreational,
theatrical and entertainment design knowledge
together with legal, scientific and engineering
requirements to assess prudent planning and design
decisions. IDAD architects may be involved in hospitality
projects, resorts, theme parks and exotic destinations.
In addition, they may design for travel and tourism
projects, or be involved in watercourse, shoreline and
basin protection and coastal engineering. They may apply
their skills to the research of new attractions and systems
such as floating structures, ports-o'-call, onboard resorts
and meltwater attractions. IDAD architects are committed
to resource environments and ecological protection while
promoting design and the human element for the
development of economies. IDAD architects combine
sociological and management skills with scientific disciplines
for the benefit, safety and welfare of society.

Objectives: The Institute shall function as a non-profit
charitable corporation whose purposes are to promote
and encourage the profession of destination design and
coastal architecture, research in the field, development
of destination design and management concepts, dialog
with related professions and contributions to the
protection of human and natural resources.

Approximately fifty percent of the population of the
United States resides within fifty miles of a coast.
Nearly two-thirds of the world's population lives along
coastlines, and there is a trend toward increasing migration
to the coast worldwide. The remainder of the world's
population is more than likely within easy reach of a water
feature large enough to provide resort and recreation
opportunities. Although there is substantial resort
development in arid and high-altitude regions, water and
the resorts situated in and around water remain the prime
attractants for recreation, travel and tourism. Much of the
world's resort, hospitality and travel destinations, which
intrinsically involve water in their development, must
therefore make resort/ hydroscape design a common and
recurring set of issues to be resolved.
Hence, IDAD is a human-equation-based organization with
initiatives to document and report on data that reflect the
status of the design discipline in improving the quality of life
and economic viability of communities dependent on tourism.
IDAD is concerned not only with internal priorities, but with
the development of outreach dialog among key players in
the coastal, resort, destination, travel and tourism industries.
IDAD is dedicated to optimizing waterscape and
environmental sustainability while bolstering economic value
of travel and tourism destinations. Diversity is a cornerstone
of the architect's profession; therefore, IDAD remains
generalist-focused in order to bring the most comprehensive
set of tools possible to problems facing destinations and
hydroscapes. IDAD is concerned with polyspecialized issues
which are diverse, and include an encompassing knowledge-
base which brings clarity to important issues in design,
planning and management. The Institute endeavors to meet
needs among academic, public and private sector
stakeholders, as well as scholarship and managerial support
for the destination design field, not excluding the natural/
physical, engineering, behavioral, social, medical and
environmental sciences. The general objectives of the
Institute are:

  • To provide an organization through which non-profit,
    academic, research and practicing architects and
    designers, committed to or interested in destinations
    and coastal architecture may delineate and disseminate
    the principles and priorities of the field in order to
    advance the discipline
  • To assume leadership in the field and establish
    principles, process, materials and priority to develop
    standards, establish guidelines, products, programs,
    services and/or objectives/scientific appraisals or
    impact studies
  • To stimulate original, authoritative research across
    academic disciplines in confronting issues, problems
    and developments as they arise in the industry
  • To encourage cooperation in developing better
    liaisons between design professionals and industry/
    social entrepreneurs with researchers, preservationists
    and sound environmental ecology authorities
  • To perform such activities that are necessary to
    assist in positive social change in various segments
    of society by the exchange of information with
    sociology, psychology, health care, environmental,
    housing, economics, management, communications,
    political science, hospitality, education, public
    administration and other community concerns being
  • To undertake all and any activities as may be
    enhancing or compatible with the objectives of the
The principle office of the Institute shall be located at the
offices of the Directors of the Institute.


General: Membership in the Institute shall be open to all
interested in destination design and coastal architecture,
and who meet the stipulation of the Institute, its founders
and the member category to which they have applied.
Designation of classes of members: There shall be six
classes of members of the Institute, which are designated
as follows:

Full Official Membership - all benefits, including
Professional Member's section access on web.

Official Membership - magazine & newsletter subscription,
submission privilege to journal, serve on committees.

Unofficial Membership - recognized by Institute, may
subscribe to newsletter & magazine.

Active - all Full Official, Official & Unofficial Members are
considered active.

Inactive - honorable Fraternity - membership other
than professional

Professional - membership in categories: Practicing,
Fellow, Associate, Affiliate and Academic.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP - Unofficial Participant
Membership is provided to all upon request, with
minimum requirements and verification of qualification.
Such members share a philosophical connection with
the Institute's goals and objectives, are recognized by
the Institute, but are not given Full Official Member
benefits, and no fees are assessed. An online form is
provided for this level of involvement. For a limited time,
the designation of Charter Member will apply to new
participants. There are two categories of Unofficial Members.
Participant Membership is given automatically
after completing the online application; Diplomat
Membership is awarded to a Participant Member after
he/she has nominated an applicant who successfully
meets all the membership requirements for a Full Official
Membership category. Any member who can nominate
twenty-five (25) successful applicants for Full Official
Membership will fulfill the requirements for Founders
Grant Membership.

OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP - Official members must make
formal application, provide all documentation and
verification required, meet all stipulations of the
founders and those provided in the by-laws, and submit
all fees required for their membership status.

Official Membership benefits are awarded in these
categories: Founders Grant, Fellow, Gold Medal Award,
Practicing Member, Associate Member, Affiliate Member
and Academic Member. For a limited time, the following
designation will apply to all membership categories:
Charter Member.

Corporate Membership will receive Official Membership
status, newsletter, journal submission privileges and
subscription to Destination Architect, but will not be
awarded Full Membership.

Founders Grant Membership - A fraternity membership
awarded to persons or organizations who have
contributed to the Institute through excellence in service
and funding. The grant waives all application and annual
membership fees for a period of five years, at which
time the recipient may qualify for other membership

Fellow Membership & Honorable Fellow - A professional
membership to individuals who have contributed to the
profession of destination design and/or coastal/
hydroscape architecture through excellence in service.
This group constitutes the IDAD College of Fellows.
Fellow is an active membership and stipulates assuming
responsibilities within the Institute as prescribed at the
time the award is made and is a promotion from the
categories of Practicing Member, Associate Member,
or Affiliate Member with fee reduced to $50/yr.
Honorable Fellow is an inactive membership and is
awarded in recognition of deeds in support of the
profession (no fee). Honorable Fellows may opt to
pay subscription fees and receive the Institute
newsletter and magazine.

Gold Medal Award & Membership - The highest award
given at the discretion of the Institute to outstanding
practitioners in fields of design and architecture or
other related disciplines in the jurisdiction of the
Institute ($50/yr required to maintain active
membership; no fee for inactive member status).

Practicing Member Registration & Membership - A
registry of member practitioners who have met
certification or qualification requirements prescribed
by the Institute (subject to prevailing laws) to
practice in the fields of destinations architecture
and design or coastal/hydroscape architecture

Associate Member - A professional membership for
those with degrees in land, building, interior or naval
architecture, industrial design or planning who do not
meet all the requirements of Practicing Members, but
who have specialized in IDAD areas, with acceptable
experience or theatrical arts/art degrees, graduate
courses pertinent to coastal science/engineering
ecology, travel, recreation and tourism or theme
park design ($150/yr).

Affiliate Member - A professional membership for
those with degrees in coastal/marine science,
recreation, hospitality, travel and tourism
management who do not meet all the requirements
of practicing members ($90/yr).

Academic and Student Member - A professional
membership for those with degrees in any of the
above professions who are researchers or faculty
($90/yr), students or recent graduates ($35/yr).

Public Membership - A fraternity membership for
those outside the IDAD disciplines mentioned in the
preceding categories who have expressed an
interest in the goals and objectives of IDAD ($55/yr).

Corporate Membership - A fraternity membership for
executives in private industry or government
institutions whose work is related to destinations
design, coastal/hydroscape architecture, hospitality,
travel, tourism, recreation, or themed entertainment
industries who are interested in the goals and
objectives of IDAD (individual - $90/yr; commercial -

Candidate - This term applies to any membership,
IDDP, registration or other applicant who has
partially fulfilled the requirements of their
designated category or program. This status will
revert to "inactive" at such a time deemed
appropriate by IDAD administration, when the
application requirements have gone unmet.

Voting Rights: All members shall vote as one voting
class or voting group referred to in these by-laws
as the general membership.

Dues: The dues, fees, if any, for members shall be
established by the directors. Only those who have
paid the applicable fees or dues, if required, for the
current year, will be members of the Institute.

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of the members
shall be held each year at the annual conference of
the Institute. The time and place of the annual
conference will be determined by the executive
committee, or the directors, by default.


General Powers: The Directors shall have the power to
amend the Institute's by-laws. Amendments can be
ratified by a two-thirds majority vote with at least
twenty-five percent of the Directors voting. Voting can
be conducted at the annual meeting or by other means,
such as mail, telephone, etc.

Board Powers:
Manage all its affairs in pursuit of
achieving its goals in any manner not in conflict with the
laws of the state of Virginia and the Supreme Laws of
the United States and consistent with the founding
Directorship oversight and intent. Do any and all things
necessary, convenient, useful or incidental to its purposes.
Manage and discharge the V.P./officers, registrants,
and personnel as necessary to properly conduct
the business of IDAD.

Founding Directors: The term of the executive office
is established by the same, and such may appoint,
replace, manage, require, receive, take, bequest,
acquire, own, hold, improve, use, make contracts,
borrow, invest or otherwise deal in and with real or
personal property, or any interest therein,
wherever situated. Sell, convey, mortgage, pledge,
exchange, transfer, and otherwise dispose of all
or any part of IDAD property and assets. Employ and
discharge, add or delete committees, establish
additional offices and titles at any time desired or
required. May assume any function incidental to
the continuation of the Institute and its goals.

Qualifications, Number and Tenure: The numbers of
Directors may be increased or decreased from time to
time. The Directors shall be elected or appointed for
two-year terms. Directors shall be nominated by the
nominating committee and shall be elected by the
majority vote of the general membership subject to
acceptance by the Founding Directors.

Regular Meetings: The Board of Directors shall meet
annually at the annual meeting of the members during
the annual conference. The purpose of the regular
annual meeting shall be to conduct such business as
indicated on the agenda prepared by either the
Directors or the president/provost.

Special Meetings: Special meetings of the Directors
may be called by the Founding Directors or the president.
The Founding Directors may fix the time or place for
holding any special meeting of the Directors called by
the president. Notice of special meeting shall be provided
to all Directors at least seven days in advance of the
meeting, stating the purpose of the meeting.

Rules of Meetings: A quorum for any meeting shall be
two-thirds of the body present. Meeting times and
places will be at the pleasure of the bodies and
meeting members may appoint a proxy to attend
meetings in special cases. All meetings will have a
scheduled agenda. Any Board, panel, Committee, or
group member of an IDAD body may schedule items
on the meeting agenda. Board of Directors meetings
will be open to all members when scheduled (30 days)
in advance; non-members may attend any IDAD
meeting at the invitation of the convening body. The
Founding Directors or any proxies appointed by him/her
have (2) votes per Director at every meeting attended.
Automatic termination of body individuals shall take effect
immediately upon a third consecutive failure to attend
a full session of any regularly scheduled Board, panel,
Committee or group meeting. Petitions for reinstatement
of any terminated member may be taken under
consideration at the next scheduled meeting. All IDAD
meetings shall follow Roberts Rules of Order - latest
edition, or IDAD meeting rules outline.

Executive Committee: The executive committee shall
consist of past presidents attending, current president,
president-elect, the Investigative and Expeditionary
Directors, who serve as the co-chairs of the Board of
Directors. The vice-president for membership/regent,
the vice-president for publications/documents, the
vice-president for programs/registration, the vice-
president for research/development, the vice-president
for professional/academic affairs, the vice-president
for external/public relationships, the vice-president for
finance/treasurer, the Institute Manager Secretary
and the chairs of all committees. The executive
committee shall act as the governing body and may
exercise authority for all matters delegated by the
Founding Directors, except those specifically assigned
to the Board of Directors under the Institute's by-laws
and those under the laws for the State of Virginia
requiring the action of the Board of Directors. The
executive committee shall maintain minutes of
meetings, including all decisions reached to inform
and secure approval from the Board of Directors.

Nominating Committee: The vice-president for
external/public relations, the vice-president of
academic/professional affairs, and nominated
Directors or members by the Founders shall serve
and compose the committee. Those directly
nominated and ratified by a two-thirds majority
vote of the executive committee with at least
fifty percent of the Directors voting. The nominating
committee makes nominations to the following

  • President
  • Board of Directors
  • Vice-President for Membership/Regent
  • Vice-President for Publications/Documents
  • Vice-President for Programs/Registration
  • Vice-President for Research/Development
  • Vice-President for Finance/Treasurer

The nominating committee shall follow the criteria
provided by the Directors in making their nominations.

Professional Committees: The executive committee may
establish Professional Committees which exist to
promote the goals of IDAD as semi-independent bodies.
They shall cooperate with the Board of Directors and
IDAD administrators. The purpose of the committees
can be accomplished in the following ways:

(a) Provide a forum in which IDAD members may express
concerns in the fields and develop programs.

(b) Support the membership and provide mutual support
and encouragement to fellow professionals in the field.

Serve as an advisory group to IDAD, and contribute
expertise to committee projects.

(d) Suggest, but not attempt to make or dictate, policy.

Confirm, not reject, stated IDAD policy.

(f) In no case become involved in partisan or elective politics
at any level. It shall further limit any pronouncements on
public affairs while the right for the individual member of
committees to participate in public life is encouraged.

Other Committees: The executive committee may
establish such other standing committees as it shall
deem advisable. The president shall appoint Directors
or members to serve on such standing committees to
consist of no less than two, with at least one being a

Place of Meetings: The executive committee may hold
its meetings at the annual conference of the Institute.
The Founding Directors will make the final determination
of the meeting place and time.

Officers: The officers of the Institute shall be the
President and the Vice-Presidents. At the expiration
of the term of any officer, the Founding Directors shall
fill the office automatically until duly-nominated, elected
or appointed officer is in place. The President position/
award is a two-year term elected by the general
membership by majority vote. The President is
nominated by the nominating committee and presides
at all meetings of the Institute and is interim chair of the
executive committee in the absence of the Founding
Directors. The President appoints all necessary ad-hoc
committees and selects chairpersons and seeks volunteers
for committee membership. The Vice-President for
Membership/Regent position/award is a two-year
term elected by the general membership by majority
vote. The position is responsible for the attainment of
membership and IDDP goals, and adherence to standards
of membership. May form ad-hoc committees to help with
membership tasks. Furthermore, this position is
responsible for, along with the provost, insuring the
designation standards in the IDDP program. The Vice-
President for Publications/Documents position/award
is a two-year term elected by the general membership
by majority vote. The position is responsible for the
attainment of publication and conference, events,
banquets, coffee breaks and award goals, and
adherence to documentation standards. May form
ad-hoc committees to help with publication tasks.
Furthermore, this position is responsible for
maintenance of journals, newsletters and bibliographic
and biographic materials. The Vice-President for
Programs/Registration position/award is a two-year
term elected by the general membership by majority
vote. The position is responsible for the attainment of
program goals and adherence to program standards
in other tasks involving registration of professional
members through the Institute's certification program.
This position works closely with the Vice-President
for Publications/Documentation and the Vice-President
for Membership/Regent, and may revert to an appointed
position at the discretion of the Founding Directors. The
Vice-President for Research/Development position/
award is a two-year term elected by the general
membership by majority vote. The position is responsible
for liaisons with firms, government agencies and legislative
bodies, foundations and grant-makers, financial and
accounting oversight or auditing in support of the
Institute's endeavors and projects undertaken. This
position may revert to an appointed position at the
discretion of the Founding Directors. The Vice-President
for Professional/Academic Affairs position/award is a
two-year term elected by the general membership by
majority vote. The position is responsible for establishing
relationships with professional and academic organizations.
Additional responsibilities may include managing and
directing design contests, scholarship awards, grants
and continuing education or seminar activities for the
Institute. The Vice-President for External/Public
Relations position/award is a two-year term elected
by the general membership by majority vote. The
position is responsible for researching and identifying
membership candidates for officer positions and
recommending these to the executive committee who,
in turn, will approve or reject, and pass on to the
nominating committee for consideration to be brought
before the membership for a vote. Additional
responsibilities include the investigation and identification
of recipients of Institute Awards and recognitions.
The Vice-President for Finance/Treasurer position/
award is a two-year term elected by the Board of
Directors and approved by the Founding Directorship
and is responsible for coordinating all accounts with
outside agencies, such as banks, accounting, tax and
law firms. The Institute Manager/Secretary works
directly with the Founding Directors in the on-going
operation and enhancement of the Institute of
Destination Architects and Designers.

Removal: Any agent or officer can be removed from
position/award at the Institute by two-thirds majority
vote of the Board of Directors with concurrence of the
Founding Directors' judgment in the best interest of the
Institute. But such removal shall be without prejudice to
the contract rights, if any, as election or appointment of
an officer shall not imply or create contract rights.

Vacancies: A vacancy in any position/award due to
disqualification, removal, or resignation may be filled
by the Founding Directors as deemed necessary or
open for nominations and voting to complete the term,
with a newly-elected officer.

Compensation: Officers, as such, shall not receive any
compensation for their position/award, but the executive
committee may recommend to the Board of Directors
that reimbursement of expenses incurred in the
performance of their duties be made.

Only the Founding Directors, and by extension, the
Board of Directors, may authorize or enter into any
contract or execute any instrument in the name
or on behalf or with the authority of the Institute.

Loans: No indebtedness shall be issued in the name
of the Institute and no loans shall be contracted or
evidences made available without the direct
authorization of the Founding Directors, and such
shall be signed by the same.

Bank Drafts and Checks: All checks, drafts or other
orders for payment of money, notes, IOUs or receipts
and other evidences of indebtedness shall be issued
in the name of the Institute, without the direct
authorization of the Founding Directors, and such
shall be signed by the same.

Deposits: All funds of the Institute shall be deposited
from time to time to the credit of the Directors' Office
in such banks, trust companies or other depositories
as the Founding Directors and Vice-President for
Finance/Treasurer deem appropriate.

Acceptance of Gifts: The Board of Directors or any
officer or agent of the Institute to whom such
authority may be delegated by the Founding Directors,
may accept on behalf of the Institute, any contribution,
gift or device and request presented to the Institute.

Audits: Accounts of the Institute shall be audited by
a reputable Certified Public Accountant, whose report
shall be submitted to the Board of Directors.

Bonds: At the direction of the President and approval
by the Board of Directors, with concurrence of the
Founding Directors, any officer or employee of the
Institute shall be bonded, and the expense of such
shall be borne by the Institute, if needed.

The fiscal year of the corporation shall end on
December 31st of each year.


The Institute shall maintain a seal in the appropriate
form to be kept by the Founding Directors, and if
required, may be affixed to any documents which
by law or custom, the corporate seal formally is required.


The Institution shall indemnify its Directors and
Officers in all matters and to the full extent provided
by Article IX, Chapter 10, of Title 13.1 of the code
of Virginia of 1950, as amended. The Institute shall not
be held responsible by its members & registrants in the
event of dissolution or Board Action for the formal
removal of their credentials.


The Institute shall in no way discriminate against
any person because of race, religion, sex, color
or national or ethnic origin, in the conduct of any
of the Institute's activities (including, but not
limited to, the selection or hiring of employees
and contractors and the selection of those admitted
to the Institute's programs and activities).

To achieve the Institute's objectives, cooperative
relationships with other professional societies may
be established.


The Institute of Destination Architects and Designers
exists to serve the needs of Destination, Theme,
Resort, Coastal/Hydroscape Architects and Designers
and to enhance the human and natural environment
through programs and efforts providing leadership
including International Registration and Accreditation.
The Accreditation program is headed by the Institute
and is an extension formed to promote advanced
levels of education and professional qualification.
The IDAD body Registration program has the
responsibility for determining registration policies
and codes of practice performed by IDAD for
regulating the registrants. IDAD formulates
registration rules and methods of evaluation or


National and Global registrations and accreditation
afford the holders the comfort of support in their
field of specialization. IDAD has long recognized the
existence of Destination Design and Coastal/Hydroscape
Architecture as an area of study and practice which
spans over geographic limits and has established
standards of international practice which are based
on education and experience. Professional registration
provides the following:

(a) Provide guidance to IDAD registrants in their field;
(b) Assist in defining professional preparation for the
Detailed statements on professional issues;
(d) Detailed statements on international practice items;
Provide appraisal and review of concepts dealing
with the field;
(e) Certify the completion by registrants of all and any
IDAD requirements.


The professional Institute as a whole serves as the
supervising and approving arm of all programs. When
a prospective registrant/program requests registration/
accreditation information, the IDAD office will send said
data to the candidate or otherwise make it available.


IDAD Registrants are expected and encouraged to
support and maintain a professional environment
conducive to positive practice skills development.
Special care should be taken to avoid exploitation
of colleagues, and such professional practice should
be free of harassment and/or intimidation based on
sex, race, politics, religion or interest in any of the
above. The professional should work for the
protection of trust which is essential in the international
community and especially essential to those subject
to one's authority.

Where not disallowed by law it shall be inconsistent
with honorable and dignified practice: (a) To compete
with another professional by use of unethical practices
or attempt to practice in any field in which the member
is not proficient; (b) To use or permit the use of IDAD
logos/seals where not authorized; (c) To attempt to
supplant or maliciously injure the reputation of the
Institute, or report on the practice of another professional
without the knowledge of that professional.

COMMENTARY: The IDAD professional should comply
with all environmental laws and regulations; the IDAD
professional should work to minimize human-natural
environmental damage while contributing to
development projects; the IDAD professional should
cooperate and aid representatives of government in
any effort to assist with the development of sound
Coastal/Destination policy; the IDAD professional
should consider the environment as a resource which
requires management and human intervention for the
protection of habitat, ecosystems and support of human


Formal accusation of professional ethics violation is a
serious matter and only after exhausting informal means
should an individual communicate the violation in writing
to IDAD. This written communication must include the
fullest possible documentation of the violation. IDAD may
respond to the accusing individual in writing, also sending
a letter to the accused registrant. IDAD fosters an
environment that is appreciative of individual differences;
the right of free expression and open exchange of ideas
and views are essential in professional environments;
however, the value of free expression can be
undermined by assault or hostile acts which can
result in the loss of self-esteem for the victim whether
intentional or unintentional. Therefore, resolution of
such conflicts should be sought informally with the
complainant and the alleged offender, not with the
Institute in other than violations of law.


In cases other than a registrant who has been
convicted of any criminal or civil offense (excluding
general traffic offenses) the following process may
apply at the discretion of the Institute. Registration
Certificates are the property of the Institute of
Destination Architects and Designers and all
requirements set forth for education, experience
and examination pursuant to the membership and
rank are at the will of the Institute. Registrants are
subjected to all requirements and privileges which
are applicable unless suspended or invalidated by
absence of annual fee payment whereby the
registration shall be void and returned to the
property of the Institute upon demand.


Disciplinary procedures will be initiated upon receipt
and review of a report with a valid complaint. IDAD
may investigate all reports only when it determines
there is sufficient cause to proceed with disciplinary
action. When the Institute has determined sufficient
cause to conduct a hearing with the concurrence of
the registrant in question. IDAD may at its will at any
time, without direct cause or reason deny, suspend,
revoke, censure, reprimand or admonish; require
participation in reviews, remedial education or training;
impose probation and require restitution of fines and
fees. The Institute may subpoena IDAD registrants to
compel testimony of registrants in the production of
documents; and issue complaints. The Institute may
and will remove registration from all registrant
members who have been convicted of any criminal
or civil offense excluding general traffic offenses
without a hearing upon receipt of an official report
of such member status.


The registrant affected may be notified in writing by
IDAD of specific charges, the date to hear the charges,
the place and time of hearing, and the names of the
witnesses who are expected to testify. The letter of
notification may inform the registrant of the following in
addition to the above:
(a) That the hearing will be conducted in
accordance with IDAD procedures;
(b) That a record of the hearing will be made and
filed with the IDAD office;
(c) That he/she will be permitted to confront
and question the complaint and the witnesses
testifying against him/her at the hearing;
(d) That he/she may bring any witnesses or advisers
to the hearing on his/her behalf;
(e) That failure to respond in writing and failure
to attend the hearing for reasons other than time
conflicts as indicated to IDAD before the hearing
are grounds for suspended registration.


The registered professional being disciplined may
appeal a decision reached by the Institute after a
judicial hearing if the request for an appeal was made
in writing to IDAD within a period of 10 days from
the date of the original hearing. An appeal made to
IDAD must be made based on one of the following:
(a) Inadequate opportunity to prepare a defense;
(b) Inadequate evidence to justify a decision;
(c) Sanction was not in keeping with the gravity of
(d)Due process rights were violated;
(e) New evidence became available.


In order to insure the IDAD system of justice, efforts
may be made to consider extraneous and irrelevant
factors in that such factors do not impact registrants
in such a way as to produce differing sanctions
being imposed upon registrants for the same offense.
The IDAD office will keep records of all proceedings
for 7 years of persons found guilty. After this point
only the names of all persons found guilty will be on
file in order to determine second and third offenders.


IDAD procedures will attempt to give full cognizance
to the test of fairness, due process and justice
requirements; however, IDAD shall not be held to
account for any failures in this regard by the registrant
or his advisors/lawyers, as this is a voluntary system
of judgment and sanctions. The Hearing may be
presided over by a chairperson elected by the Institute;
and the format of the hearing may be as follows:
(a) Oath administered to the registrant;
(b) Presentation of charge(s) and a call for response
to the charge(s) by the accused or his/her aide;
(c) Supporting testimony/information and any witnesses;
(d) Questioning and examination by the chairperson
and the Institute;
(e) Decision is reached by the Institute in closed
session and the registrant will be provided with written
findings and sanction(s) to be applied, if any, at some
point in time when the Institute has reached a decision
on innocence or guilt.


In order to obtain an IDAD accreditation of a
Destination Design Program or a Coastal/Hydroscape
Architecture Design program all of the following must
be met as a minimum by the applying institution of higher
A strong studio program with instructors who exhibit
strengths in Design, not planning or engineering, but
intuitive reasoning and creative investigation;
(b) An average student grade point of at least (B) in
studio work for the last (5) years of instruction on
student reports;
Acceptable distribution of Hospitality, Travel and
Tourism Management courses in the greater university
coursework or research;
(d) Number of instructor-attended and school-funded
seminars, in Destination, Themepark, Resort and
Coastal/Hydroscape Architecture;
Nature and programmatic planning of course
(f) Travel programs and number or nature of
international experiences offered by the institution
of higher learning;
Mentor Destination Architects who are members
of IDAD in good standing and active in the applying
(h) Acceptable Coastal Science and waterscape
Design courses within the greater university.

Two-thirds (2/3) of the following must be met by the
applying institution:

Research and applications lab design and supplies,
meeting minimum expectations of any design program;
(b) Number and nature of application/research courses;
Acceptable national score on standardized tests can
be displaced or waived by design portfolios provided
by applicants;
(d) The progress of each student in design is reviewed
by the program annually in order to determine proficiency;
A time-related definition of normal progress for
students in Travel and Tourism Management studies
is established;
(f) Standards and procedures for meeting the IDAD
model as defined by the IDAD-MODEL PROGRAM.


Oral presentations by registered professionals:
(a) Conferences, (b) Workshops, (c) Seminars,
(d) Institutions, (e) Meetings.

Educator/Instructor in professional programs:
(a) In-house classrooms, (b) Any educational unit,
(c) Government classrooms, (d) Civic society
classrooms, (e) Trade show classrooms.

Attendance at professional programs: (a) Junior
college, (b) University, (c) Exhibitions,
(d) Technical/Design associations, (e) Commercial

Publication of materials: (a) IDAD News, Journal
and Publications; (b) Original research; (c) Book;
(d) Video productions; (e) Software development.

Design practice: (a) Regional professional work,
(b) National and International projects, (c) Non-
profit practice, (d) IDAD membership contributions,
(e) Management practice.

Employment: (a) Destination Industry work,
(b) Governmental Design service, (c) Civic,
(d) Project/Environmental Development,
(c) Engineering and Design Management.



The post-degree diploma program (IDDP) is designed to
help prepare students from design disciplines for careers
in the management, research and development of
hospitality, travel and tourism-based industries and
community environments. The designation diploma
provides participants who are students in University-
accredited professional architecture, design and planning
programs with third-party recognition of a major in
destination design and coastal architecture. Such major
of study award provides the professional school graduate
with the academic oversight of the Institute and
coordinated learning guidance. In addition, the recipient
gains competitive advantage over non-designees in the

Primary Objectives

Preparation of candidates for professional entry or re-
entry into the field of destination design and coastal
2. Active promotion of a holistic approach to training in
the discipline, while maintaining a comprehensive
educational experience that meets the individual,
university and professional accreditation requirements
of the academic degree.
Develop and emphasize practice skills in relation to the
professional goals and objectives of a destination/coastal
4. Insure the effectiveness of candidate institutional
programs of learning and their service to the profession
through on-going review, analysis and assessment of
degree-awarding institutions.
Encourage the development of candidate's professional
attitudes, practice values and scholarship in the field.
6. Recommend policies and practices that eliminate
creativity barriers and facilitate effective design, research
and development in the field.

Primary Activities

Candidates will complete a daily log/sketchbook and
submit it to the Institute at the end of each academic term.
2. Candidate will meet yearly with an IDAD agent or
supervisor for advising and review.
Candidate will complete an evaluation of the University
degree program of which they are attending, to be
submitted to the Institute, at the end of their program of study.
4. Candidate will research and compose a White Paper on
a topic of their choice dealing specifically with the field of
destination design and coastal architecture to be submitted
to the Institute as a prerequisite for approval of professional
designation (IDDP).

Competency Evaluation

The candidate's final status for the Institute designation
diploma (IDDP) will, in part, be based on the following:
1. IDAD's agent/supervisor evaluation
2. Student logs/sketchbooks
3. Quality and scholarship of White Paper
4. Content and revealing insight of University program evaluation

The Institute's major recognition in destination design and
coastal architecture distinguishes the recipient as a
knowledgeable, focused and committed professional in
the field. The Institute is the oldest dealing specifically with design in
the hospitality, travel and destinations arena. Since its
founding, IDAD has expanded to provide comprehensive
services to its members and the public.
Candidates complete courses in architecture, design,
hospitality, travel and tourism, as well as coastal and
environmental science and planning. The designation
includes a White Paper requirement premised on research
in a topic specific to the field of destination and coastal
architecture. Candidates can normally adjust their programs
of study at their selected universities to meet the requirements
of the major designation (IDDP), so the time necessary to
simultaneously graduate and gain the major recognition need
not be extended by combining both objectives.

White Paper/Research

The White Paper must have a topic which deals with issues in
destination design and coastal architecture. This requirement
supersedes any academic requirement of the student's
professional program for a thesis or dissertation, and its aims
is to assure that destination design and coastal issues are
examined by the student as part of their professional training.
The student must proceed with the White Paper process in the
following manner:
Provide the Institute with an explanation of their selected
topic before completing a proposal, as it is subject to review
and approval.
2. Submit a White Paper proposal to the Institute; if it is
approved for the major designation program, a letter will be
sent to the student's advisor or major professor.
Meet any other stipulations unique to the student's
circumstance and topic.
4. After the Institute has approved the final draft of the White
Paper, verification of the award of degree must be received.


These by-laws may be amended at any time by a
two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors, with at
least twenty-five percent of the members voting.
An amendment may be proposed by any director
at any time, and approved by the Founding
Directors prior to or following formal voting, at
their discretion. Such voting may be conducted
by mail or other appropriate means, ensuring