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Welcome to World IA Day Los Angeles 2021!


This year's theme: Curiosity

As information architects, we develop strategies to understand what we are trying to structure. By giving information structure, we learn to understand. We do this to encourage others to explore and understand. By being curious, we recognize our own and others’ discovery strategies.

Learn. Share. Grow.

This year, we will be having both a workshop (hosted before the main event) and the main World IA Day Los Angeles virtual event. The main event will consist of several presentations from the information architecture community and beyond. We hope you will attend our event, and in-turn, enhance the way you think about information architecture.



Think on Your Feet

It’s time to step out of your comfort zone! Practice your job interview skills on the spot with a team of UX pros. In this safe and supportive environment, you’ll learn to become a stronger job applicant. But, be warned, our moderators may call on you at random!


Please Consider Supporting Us with a Donation!

Donations are highly encouraged to help cover the cost of this year's event! World IA Day Los Angeles is a volunteer-run event, and any amount is highly appreciated to operate this event.


Event date
Sat, 27 February 2021

Venue, parking and transit

World IA Day Los Angeles 2021 will be hosted on Hopin:


Saturday, February 27th, 2021

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Think on Your Feet (Workshop)

Step out of your comfort zone and practice your UX job interview skills in this safe and supportive environment. Warning, you may be called on at random!

Hosted by Terri Rodriguez-Hong, Laszlo Lazuer, and Tony Fazio

9:30 AM

Main Event Doors Open

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Two Design Skills That Will Matter in 2021

Mike Malewicz

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Designing Curiosity (Global Talk)

Cassini Nazir

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

The Synthesis Sprint: Turning Research into Principles

Raleigh Tomlinson

Yes, we all know that we need user research. But once research is completed, a blank canvas still sits in front of you. How do we, as designers, let that research drive our product decisions? Today I’m going to talk with you about that transition.

There is magic that happens when you build an understanding of the user in a team. I hear voices around me that carry the weight of your users. You, as the researcher, remember, but how can you share that understanding with others?

Synthesizing research is the act of taking a breath to simply listen as a team. It’s a moment where you move all the priorities away. A moment to build a shared foundation. I’m going to share how synthesis workshops can lead to product opportunities as well as team empathy.

By the end of this talk, you’ll receive 5 free MIRO workshop templates to do with your team.