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World IA Day Boston 2020 is a one-day conference celebrating information architecture. Join this gathering of Boston's IA, UX, and design community for our fifth year participating in this worldwide event!

This year's event is supported by our generous sponsors: CVS Health, Northeastern University, Lesley University, Hudl, Last Call Media, Mad*Pow, and Clear Point. Our wonderful speakers this year are:

Event date
Sat, 22 February 2020

Venue, parking and transit

This year's event will take place in Washburn Commons, an 8-minute walk from Harvard Square.


Washburn Commons
10 Phillips Place
Cambridge, MA 02138


We strongly encourage using public transportation.

  • Red Line: Take the Red Line to Harvard Square, then walk 8 minutes (0.4 mi) to 10 Phillips Pl.
    • Note: Red Line service between Alewife, Davis, Porter, and Harvard will be replaced by shuttles for the weekend.
  • Bus: Take any bus that stops at Harvard Square. Some buses stop even closer to the venue, including buses 72, 74, and 78.

For accessibility information, see Accessibility on the MBTA at


We strongly encourage taking public transportation, as parking is not available at our venue. You can find paid parking at locations around Harvard Square.

Contact us for information about parking for those with accessibility needs.


We are committed to making this an inclusive and accessible event. We welcome people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please email Requests should be made as soon as possible.


A stellar lineup of speakers will present wide-ranging, thoughtful perspectives on information architecture and the IA Element.


Notes for Live Stream viewers



  • 8:00: Registration and coffee
    • Note: Coffee and tea will be served; please bring your own breakfast or snack.
  • 9:00: The IA Element with Dan Zollman and the WIAD Boston Planning Team
  • 9:15: Abby Covert
  • 10:00: Heather HeddenTaxonomies for Users
  • 11:00: Concurrent sessions
    • Priyama Barua, Tom Diamond, Allison Herrera, Kate Terrado, and Tania SchlatterThe IA element in practice. An interactive conversation with four practitioners with diverse professional practices and backgrounds, discussing their view of the information architecture element in their careers and practice. 
    • Darrell Penta, What cognitive psychology can teach us about navigation design
    • Marlyn Tadros, From Dorothy to Kramer: can’t you give me brains? A hands-on rapid prototyping activity.
  • 12:00: Lunch at nearby locations
  • 1:15: Ingrid Pierre, Redesigning Schedules: How Bias Makes People Late
  • 2:00: Lisa Maria Marquis, Categories & Consequences: The politics of organizing information
  • 2:45: Eniola Oluwole, The Lies We Tell Ourselves
  • 3:30: Wrap up
  • 4:00: Unofficial afterparty at Beat Brew Hall, 13A Brattle St, Cambridge