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FIAA Lecture: UX and IA pioneer Peter Morville on ‘Emancipating Information Architecture’

April 19, 2021, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Peter Morville


In this special talk brought to you by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association, Peter Morville, renowned for his pioneering work in UX and Information Architecture, will explore the unique skills that information professionals bring to the world. He believes that their curiosity and empathy – combined with strength and courage – will allow information professionals to unlearn pervasive mental models and teach others to see the critical infrastructures that underpin the world.

The lecture will take place Monday April 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. (Register here)

Morville has been applying the principles of information science to help organizations design and structure their digital environments since graduating from library school in the early 1990s. This practice came to be known as Information Architecture, and Morville, one of its co-founders.

The discipline of IA continues to inspire information scientists, librarians, user experience designers, knowledge managers and cultural curators globally. In an era of unprecedented social, cultural and environmental crisis, Morville offers a new definition of Information Architecture as “the design of language and classification systems to change the world”.

Also known for his work in user experience, Morville’s bestselling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide WebIntertwingledSearch Patterns and Ambient Findability. He has been helping people to plan since 1994, and advises clients including AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, the Library of Congress, Macy’s, the National Cancer Institute and Vodafone. He has delivered conference keynotes and workshops around the world. His work has been covered by Business Week, NPR, The Economist, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book is Planning for Everything. He lives in Virginia with his wife, two daughters, and dog. He blogs at

The Faculty of Information Alumni Association’s Social Event Committee will make a recording available after the lecture.