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Pittsburgh 2020

Pennsylvania United States


North America

Highmark presents: World IA Day Pittsburgh 2020, hosted by Chatham University

World Information Architecture Day is a global event that takes place in dozens of cities around the world every year. World IA Day Pittsburgh 2020, will feature local speakers from all types of creative disciplines discussing this year's theme:


The IA Element

The IA element is the one that ties past, present and future.

Excellence in Design. Excellence in Thinking. Excellence in Usability.


Here are just a few of the exciting talks planned for this year's event:

  • Keynote presentation with Val Head about architecting visual information in user interfaces with animation. Val is a Senior Design Advocate at Adobe, author, and web animation expert. She's been published by Fast Company, A List Apart, and Smashing Magazine, and she’s spoken at dozens of events all over the world including Pixel Up, Web Directions, UX Week and An Event Apart.

  • Four exciting breakout sessions including a panel discussion, workshops, and talks led by Gregory Weinstein, Anna Abovyan, Theora Kvitka, Joshua Sager, and Lindsay Quinter.

  • Lightning talk by Jonathan H. Brown about how to tackle complex challenges in software with domain-driven design. Jonathan is a designer, digital architect, and adjunct instructor at Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute.

  • Lightning talk by Jason Spector about context and how it affects us as designers, information architects, and people. Jason is a Senior Health Innovator in Human Centered Design at Highmark Health.

  • Keynote presentation by Carol Smith about how our research and design decisions affect other humans. Carol is a Senior Research Scientist in Human-Machine Interaction at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, an adjunct instructor at CMU, and a member of the editorial board for UXPA International.


World IA Day (Saturday, February 22, 2020) is an annual, global, conference-like celebration of the practice and education of Information Architecture, with distributed events organized by local volunteers.


This year in Pittsburgh, spend an inspiring day hearing from experts in our community and participating in a choice of workshops. The conference's affordable tickets are made possible by our wonderful local sponsors—including our presenting Sponsor Highmark Health and host sponsor Chatham University.


Tickets include a light continental breakfast and lunch, as well as childcare and private space for nursing moms upon request.


Door opens at 8:30 AM.


Event date
Sat, 22 February 2020

Venue, parking and transit


Chatham University | Eddy Theater 
Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232



Use the following address for your GPS:

Jennie King Mellon Library
Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Chatham University will offer complementary valet parking to accommodate the large number of attendees. Look for the White shed. 


There is also street parking available near the campus.