abstract architecture graphicWell, like many things in the tech world, that depends on who you ask. However, various definitions have emerged since Richard Saul Wurman coined the term.

In the early 1990’s, Wurman defined an information architect as:

Wurman’s definition clearly references his background as an architect and graphic designer. However, the definition of IA gradually shifted to one more focused on website development. In the first edition of their definitive book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (1998), Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville clarified the role of the information architect as someone who:

As a field, IA requires a rather specific lexicon. To facilitate understanding, I have developed a glossary of terms specific to IA.