IDAD Role Summary
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 enforcement.


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 discipline; (c) Detailed statements on professional issues; (d) Detailed statements on international practice items; (e) 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 populations.

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 it may 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 wrongdoing; (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 learning: (a) 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; (c) 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; (e) Nature and programmatic planning of course content; (f) Travel programs and number or nature of international experiences offered by the institution of higher learning; (g) Mentor Destination Architects who are members of IDAD in good standing and active in the applying program; (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: (a) Research and applications lab design and supplies, meeting minimum expectations of any design program; (b) Number and nature of application/research courses; (c) 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; (e) 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 seminars. 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.