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Oftentimes I get to teach the Information Architecture course at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Sometimes I take a semester or two off to do other things.

This site becomes the UMSI 658 course syllabus during the semesters I'm teaching.

some prior required readings

course background

Everything is complex. Distinctions between physical and digital space are dissolving. Profound events in human culture unfold in places made of and from information. The architecture of information for a Bay Area startup’s new iOS app, or for a municipal government’s sharepoint portal, or up in the cloud of an “omnichannel” enterprise is rarely somebody’s specific job. In this class you’ll engage in a peculiar and spirited examination of arguments for why it ought to be. You’ll learn how to apply architectural thinking and practices in complex information spaces, and how to design structures that make the complex clear.

course objectives

  • Develop an understanding of information architecture within the broader context of architecture.

  • Expand students’ familiarity with architecture, architects, "architecture thinking" and architectural and critical theory.

  • Use the time we’re together in class effectively and minimize or eliminate the need for groups to convene outside of regular class meetings.

  • Inspire the next generation of information architects and information architecture advocates.


No prerequisites. No prior SI coursework assumed or required.

methods of instruction

Lecture, discussion, peer instruction, small team project work.
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