Even though the International Center for Creativity is just over one mile from the Interstate I-270 in a north suburb of Columbus, it is rural and secluded with a history of innovation. Our building was designed by noted Columbus architect, Thomas J. Tully, in 1929, as a functional and styled "barn" and support building for a nearby sprawling farm. Over the years the "barn in the woods" would become the Denison Research Lab, opening in 1957, and soon thereafter, Richardson Smith Design in 1965. Deane Richardson and Dave Smith grew their company, transformed the old barn and grew their company into one of the largest and most influential industrial design firms in the world. A later iteration of Richardson Smith known as Fitch Design was the last tenant at the campus before the ICC moved in during the summer of 2011. Many of the old barn's architectural elements, like the original silo and hay loft, are still visible and used.
Today, the space is a fully modernized facility with wireless connectivity, full-color scanning and printing, a light materials fabrication shop, high definition monitors, and Wacom Cintiq digital rendering stations, and 3D printing. The wooded setting, decks, open design and configurable workspace provide a great backdrop and inspiration for creativity and learning, and not just for our junior and seniors in the industrial design degree program, but also for the retreats, conferences, and workshops which are frequently held at the ICC.