Welcome to World IA Day 2016

Map of WIAD cities

71 CITIES. 36 COUNTRIES. 6 CONTINENTS. 1 DAY : February 20th.

What is World IA Day?

World IA Day is a one-day, annual celebration focused on the practice and education of Information Architecture.

Our celebration brings together a diverse community including information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, product managers, developers, scholars, and students. We come together to talk about and shape the future of Information Architecture. Because of the ubiquitous nature of information, we hear stories of information architecture not just practiced by specialists, but by people holding all sorts of titles, coming from all walks of life. We celebrate these type of stories. This year, we celebrate on February 20th, 2016. Our theme is "Information Everywhere, Architects Everywhere".

Hug at WIAD 2015

Why do we celebrate World IA Day?

We value sharing information, ideas, and research to deepen and expand the understanding of Information Architecture. We seek to share scholarship and experiences.

2016 marks the fifth year in which we come together as an international community to celebrate Information Architecture. Events often feature speakers and workshops, along with other educational activities to re-energize audiences and help them get excited about their work.


Where is World IA Day going to be held?

World IA Day is a global event. This year it will be held in 71 cities across 36 countries on 6 continents. Most events are free, while some might charge a nominal registration fee depending on the scope of their offerings.


Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Johannesburg, South Africa
Kigali, Rwanda
Nairobi, Kenya


Depok, Indonesia
Hyperabad, India
Metro Manila, Philippines
Melbourne, Australia
Shenzhen, China
Wellington, New Zealand
Tokyo, Japan


Barcelona, Spain
Bari, Italy
Bristol, United Kingdom
Brno, Czech Republic
Copenhagen, Denmark
Ghent, Belgium
Jönköping, Sweden
Ljubljana, Slovenia
London, United Kingdom
Lyon, France
Palermo, Italy
Pescara, Italy
Prague, Czech Republic
Rome, Italy
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Stockholm, Sweden
Zürich, Switzerland

Middle East

Beirut, Lebanon
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Istanbul, Turkey
Tehran, Iran

North America

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Austin, Texas, USA
Boise, Idaho, USA
Boston, New England, USA
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA
Denver, Colorado, USA
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Kent, Ohio, USA
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Miami, Florida, USA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Montreal, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Ottawa, Canada
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Portland, Oregon, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
San Antonio, Texas, USA
San Francisco, Califronia, USA
San José, Costa Rica
Tampa, Florida, USA
Toronto, Canada
Washington, DC, USA

South America

Lima, Peru
Mendoza, Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil

Guy with certificate

How does one get involved?

People may attend a location in-person or remotely. Companies may sponsor a location with a financial or in-kind donation.

If you’re an individual interested in volunteering for a location, please contact World IA Day's Global team via e-mail at volunteer@worldiaday.org. We’ll put you in touch with the appropriate local organizer.

If you’re a company interested in sponsoring World IA Day globally, please download our sponsorship plan and/or contact our Development Director via e-mail at development@iainstitute.org.

"More devices are coming online every day, creating and accessing ever more information. IA is how we make sense of it."

Jorge Arango
Information Architect, Partner at Futuredraft