AN INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR THEMEING, RESORT HOSPITALITY AND COASTAL SPACE PLANNING  
IDAD GOALS  
 

 

  Institute Goals
Statement
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.

Coastal and shoreline destinations objectives

Protection & development
Sport, recreation & tourism
Tidewater & subsurface issues
Mariculture & beach
Planning & management
Human element factors

Waterfront and aquatic destinations objectives

Protection & development
Sport, recreation & tourism
Riparian & channel issues
Aquaculture & systems
Planning & management
Human element factors

Resource and inland destinations objectives

Protection & development
Sport, recreation & tourism
Edgewater & waterbody issues
Resources & supply
Planning & management
Human element factors

Theme and entertainment destinations objectives

Attraction development
Leisure, theme & tourism
Amusement & planned events
Terrain & water features
Planning & management
Human element factors

 
  Role of IDAD
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 Priorities
The Institute of Destination Architects and Designers seeks to balance the interests of destination makers and the host communities. IDAD vision includes economic, culture, customer and strategy planning of resort, theme and destination attractions, in addition to regeneration and renewal of coastal and riparian systems. Destination architects and designers are curators of dreams which coexist with yesterday's monuments, producing tomorrow's experiences, while considering trends, demographics, funding and environmental planning. The experience industry is a major player in the world economy, and in response, IDAD must develop to meet the increasing needs of architecture, design and travel/tourism professionals, who strive to serve destination clients and the public good. Design and architecture-led development can substantially improve the positioning of destinations and sustain the attraction's vision over time. The experience and destination business is too important to be underrepresented by the design professions. Therefore, IDAD seeks to empower travel and tourism professionals who manage, research and plan destinations, to understand, evaluate, and direct their projects, while encouraging dialogue with designers and among all stake-holders in the industry. Envisioned as an international nonprofit entity, IDAD is currently a model organization, seeking avenues of opportunity which will parallel our evolving goals and priorities as we work with professionals in academia and corporate entities. In the realization of endeavor, advisors are sought to confirm or deny the plausibility of far-reaching concepts as they are explored. In this context, the future success of this initiative is ensured.