History, Philosophy and Mission:
The Institute of Destination Architects and Designers (IDAD) is a body resulting from the input of the prominent disciplines of Land Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Theatre Architecture & Scenography, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management and Coastal Science.

Conceived as an amalgamation association, the Institute has developed to enable professionals practicing Destination Design and Coastal Architecture to engage and join a multidisciplinary international design, research and development organization.

IDAD has growing concern for the gap between design practice and the needs of the industry, society resources and the environment. The Institute has determination to support prosperity through quality collateral vacationscapes such as coastal, island and inland resorts, attractions, theme and experience architecture.

During the Institute's organizational fusing, the lexicon of the design profession has expanded to include a new practice; the professional Destination Architect, or Destination Designers and Coastal Architects, managers and researchers who design, research and develop these important human and natural environments.

Unlike the traditional priorities of "Design Process", the Destination Design Process considers attraction design, entertainment architecture, coastal processes and hydroscapes, business and operational needs, so that the bottom line can be designed for profit while improving on the human experience, environment and society. In this way, the Institute is dedicated to creative entrepreneurship and innovation as the body works to address needs in the complex international travel and tourism scene.

The Institute seeks to balance the interests of destination makers and the host communities. IDAD vision includes economic, cultural, service and strategic planning which empowers travel and tourism professionals who research, plan and manage destinations, to understand, evaluate, and direct their projects, while encouraging dialogue with designers and among all stake-holders in the industry.

Board of Directors

Services for Individuals, Communities and Industry

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 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 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 and welfare of society.

Collaborative Opportunities
Provide an organization through which non-profit, academic, research and practicing architects and designers, committed to or interested in destinations and coastal architecture to delineate and the disseminate 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 as are necessary to assist in positive social change in various segments of society by the exchange of information regarding sociology, psychology, health care, environment, housing, economics, management, communications, political science, hospitality, education, public administration and other community concerns.

To undertake all and any activities as may be enhancing or compatible with the objectives of the Institute.