Information Architecture (IA) is defined as 'the art and science of organizing and labeling shared information environments (websites, intranets, online communities and software) to support usability and findability.' (source: iainsitute.org). This course balances theoretical grounding of IA with practical design work. We will cover principles of IA as a professional practice and how to design effective, research-supported, user-centered information systems. Students will understand and apply information organization concepts; design and apply appropriate assessment techniques for particular information environments; and develop strategies to effectively communicate design rationale and advocate for users.