Election Nominations

The IAI Board of Directors serves the Information Architecture community with new elections every two years. Below are the candidates for nomination for the upcoming Board of Directors for 2018-2020. Voting begins February 15, 2018 – February 27, 2018 at 12am EST. We will announce the newly elected IAI Board of Directors on March 1, 2018.

Collage of photos of people nominated to the IAI Board of Directors

VOTE NOW – Voting is open from February 15-27

Marianne Sweeney – Nominated for IAI President

I have loved being an IA since first discovering there was a profession around my obsession with organizing my books, CDs (this was awhile ago) and spices. In 2002, I talked my way into the MLIS program at the University of Washington with an argument that it would make me a better practitioner in an emerging and important discipline. And, it did. Much has changed in the last 16 years.

With that in mind, I bring three goals to the role of President:

  1. I encourage us to look at what it means to be an information architect in today's landscape, what principles guide us and how will we promote our profession to draw new blood that leads us in new directions.
  2. We will use our renewed sense of self to build out strong value propositions for being a member of the IAI that extend beyond the IA Summit discount.
  3. If we strengthen our outreach to allied academic and professional disciplines, we can achieve a more fully realized role in the development of emerging technology.

Obviously, I am going to need a lot of help, yours included. 

Simon Arraj – Nominated for Director of Communications

I wish to help promote IA throughout the world because I believe good IA helps collaboration, education and communication.

Elements that are key for a better world.

Stuart Maxwell – Nominated for Director of Communications 

I’m grateful to be nominated for the position of Director of Communications of the IAI, and I’m excited for this new opportunity to serve a community I’m passionate about.

Since receiving my MSIM from the University of Washington in 2011, I have produced World IA Day Seattle, taught IA at the School of Visual Concepts, and have been employed as an information architect at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). I have also been experience director of the IA Summit. I am currently serving as co-chair of the 2018 Summit and, with my fellow IAS18 co-chairs, have formed the IA Foundation to formalize the volunteer production of the Summit. I’m no stranger to spreading the word about information architecture.

As such, I’m keenly aware of the challenge of talking about information architecture to those outside our community when much of our work is ephemeral and abstract and the boundaries of our profession are unclear. And yet, it’s vital that we attempt to reach out to all who are striving “to make the world’s information clearer and easier to use”, to let them know that there are techniques and best practices and training on how to do what they do, and a wonderful community of supportive, passionate IAs who can help them learn and grow. 

If elected, I would be honored to serve the board and members of the Institute, and would do my best to follow the great example Lara Fedoroff has set in this role. Today more than ever, we must be clear, persistent, and effective in communicating — to each other and to the broader design community — about the role of the information architect in user-centered design. I’m eager to take on this challenge on behalf of the IAI.

Bram Wessel – Nominated for Director of Development

It’s an honor to be nominated to serve on the IAI Board as Director of Development. If I were elected, my intent would be to recruit a small team of volunteers to work with me on developing sustaining sponsor relationships. Together with this team and the Board, I would seek to establish a clear value proposition for the IAI.

  • Why should other entities want to partner with the IAI?
  • How is the IAI in alignment with their interests?
  • What do partnering entities have to gain by investing in the Information Architecture Community?

Once these questions were thought through, I would seek to implement the resulting conclusions in a sustainable program that would help fund the IAI’s activities, including, but not limited to World IA Day. I would further hope to cultivate successive leadership in the team I recruit. Thank you for considering my candidacy. 

Ranvijay Chandel – Nominated for Director of Development

I am nominating myself for this role knowing that it is great opportunity and platform for me to share my expertise and work together with other IAs across the globe to align ourselves with new tools, technologies and standards. The expertise that I have gained from work experience of working with small start up to a MNC. I have applied my knowledge to design navigation and label information, which helps organizations improving the overall user experience of their customers with the technical content.

I have a total of 8 yrs of experience in the IA field. I have been performing various IA related activities such as designing content navigation, defining metadata, globalization of content, content storage and labelling strategy, and so on. I have worked with various tools and technologies. Additionally, I have been part of defining process standards for content storage, packaging and delivery.

I have been personally working with development, QA, OM, and sales team to drive forward new standards and embedded assistant applications which can help improve the overall customer experience with our product and technical content.

With the ever-evolving changes in technologies and software around the world, I think even information architecture is also moving ahead to adopt these changes such as chatbot, IOT, AR/VR, AI, and so on. Whatever be the case I think IA role is significant and defining how we organize our content to make best use of these emerging technologies. Gone are the days when one type of content fits all delivery channels. Now, we must think of user personas and personalize content based on their requirement and expertise.

These are all challenging and interesting opportunities for IAs to move ahead and innovate to make content an important part of an organizations brand and improve customer engagement. Many organizations have lot of good quality content available but not all companies are using it to drive customer engagement and get value out of it.

My goal is to engage all the IAs into discussions around these challenges and emerging technologies and design guidelines on how we can use better architect our content so that we always exceed expectations of our customers and partners.

The main areas to focus in terms of information architecture is how to design content navigation (task based, persona based, product/application based, taxonomy driven), guidelines on creating technical content videos, SEO techniques to improve result rankings, filtering techniques based on metadata, embedded user assistance, and so on.

Evgeni Minchev – Nominated for Director of Events and Programming

if it doesn't come bursting out of you

in spite of everything,

don't do it.

unless it comes unasked out of your

heart and your mind and your mouth

and your gut,

don't do it.

if you have to sit for hours

staring at your computer screen

or hunched over your

typewriter searching for words,

don't do it.

if you're doing it for money or


don't do it.

if you're doing it because you want

women in your bed,

don't do it.

if you have to sit there and

rewrite it again and again,

don't do it.

if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,

don't do it.

if you're trying to write like somebody else,

forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to

roar out of you,

then wait patiently.

if it never does roar out of you,

do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife

or your girlfriend or your boyfriend

or your parents or to anybody at all,

you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,

don't be like so many thousands of

people who call themselves writers,

don't be dull and boring and

pretentious, don't be consumed with self-


the libraries of the world have

yawned themselves to

sleep over your kind.

don't add to that.

don't do it.

unless it comes out of

your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would

drive you to madness or

suicide or murder,

don't do it.

unless the sun inside you is

burning your gut,

don't do it.

when it is truly time,

and if you have been chosen,

it will do it by

itself and it will keep on doing it

until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

When it comes to being an Events Director I envision a natural extension of my work with WIAD. I also pursue natural knowledge retention and also to elaborate on larger developments that were undertaken and envisioned during the last year. I would like to participate in nurturing the values of our community by taking part of its leadership. I find great significance in serving to empower and enable through our practice. 

Brian Durkin – Nominated for Director of Membership

I currently work as a community organizer for IA/UX related organizations including being a board member for the UXPA Boston and running MeetUp groups. I started World IA Day Boston and have been organizing it and everything around it since inception. My goal is to spread the education of human-centered design to improve the interactions and experiences we have around us. Information Architecture is at the heart of that endeavor and I’ve found I have a longer reach for this goal, if I can help organize, and not try to only do it myself. If we choose to help make the world around us a better place, we're designing that world. There is no better way to do that, then through education. I would love to help the IAI grow it's membership and membership offerings.  

Jelto Von Schuckmann – Nominated for Director of Membership

The major objective of the Information Architecture Institute (IAI) to make the world's information clearer and easier to use by improving how people learn, practice and teach information architecture fully concern both my personal and professional interests. My main motivation to candidate as a IAI membership director is to increase and retain members for the IAI and to help growing the IAI membership also in Europe. The fact that I am trilingual (German (native), French and English) and I have developed a huge professional network in Europe, in particular in Germany and France, will support me to touch a broader international audience aiming to increase the IAI community. Furthermore, as leader for Toulouse of the French IxDA and Flupa associations, I am well positioned in the UX community to promote new membership or renewals for the IAI. Therefore, I am honored to candidate for the role of Membership Director within the Information Architecture Institute.

My personal interest in Information Architecture is, that in our daily life, everything we do is getting more complex. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information we encounter each day but at the same time there is a need for people to work with and understand information. When we make things for others to use, the architecture of information that we choose greatly affects our ability to deliver our intended message to our users. I am aware of our responsibility in organizing and designing all this information. Even if we know how to organize information, technology continues to change the things we make and use at a rate we don’t understand yet. Technology is never neutral: it has inevitable social, political, and moral impact. Information architects, making ethical decisions every day. The truth is that ethics is one of the many hidden dimensions of information architecture. For a lot of UX designers this is evident, but I think that there is still a lot of work to do in Europe to explain the important role of Information Architecture. I am convinced by the importance of this work which needs to be done.

Concretely I plan to work closely with the IAI Board to craft and review club membership goals by organizing events in Europe promoting the Information Architecture to find people who are interested in this subject and to increase and retain membership in the IAI. A strong membership model with a clear communication about the membership benefit will help to increase the community. I intend to plan and manage membership events in coordination with the IAI Board staff, including special workshops, networking events, etc. to the community of the great work the IAI is already doing. The strategically planning for IA activities will be accompanied by direct email campaigns, use of social media and website content. This year I am already organizing the World Information Architecture Day in Toulouse, which is the only location in France, and we are proud to present a great international line-up. We have already national wide a great feedback for this event. An important step will be as well to promote the mentorship program to help young designers to improve their knowledge of IA. At the one hand, I will help growing the existing IAI mentorship directory but on the other hand I will try as well to work closely in cooperation with universities and design schools in France or Germany like the university of Lyon and the Design School in Nantes. In terms of Membership Development, I will oversee all aspects of developing, strengthening, and maintaining the membership network, including developing long and short-term membership development benchmarks and budgets.

Voting Begins on February 15, 2018 and concludes February 27, 2018 12am EST.