Below is information for the Iron ARTchiTECh program for 2016. Info for 2017 will be uploaded shortly. In the mean time, please email for more info!

Ingenuity is a 21st century nonprofit that promotes and cultivates creativity in service to civic progress. We support the intersection of arts and technology as a means of reinvigorating and reinterpreting the city. Through our year-round programming and service-based outreach, we incubate new talent, from music to multi-media, provide a showcase for business, generate economic impact and change attitudes about our region.

At the 2016 IngenuityFest, held from September 23-25 in the Saint Clair – Superior neighborhood, we’ll welcome the return of our Iron ARTchiTECH program. Piloted in 2015, Iron ARTchiTECH is a chance for emerging and student designers to team up with design professionals and business sponsors to create site-specific installations that showcase Cleveland’s industrial and creative resources in a one-of-a-kind venue. These unique urban elements will promote brands, bolster our area’s creative workforce, and bring the design process alive before festival-goers’ very eyes!

Program Information:

What: Iron ARTchiTECH – a competition in which teams create a site-specific intervention, seating environment or sculptural element within the festival grounds using salvaged materials, a hardware store gift certificate, professional mentorship and a secret ingredient provided by corporate partners.

When: This competition comprises 2 phases – planning and preparation between students and professionals, and a “live build” that takes place in response to the announcement of a secret ingredient provided by corporate partners.

Where: Indoor-Outdoor Warehouse space in the heart of Saint Clair – Superior

Who: Teams each comprising students and young designers from high school and college backgrounds each mentored by a professional architect, engineer, fabricator and or/artist and sponsored by a corporate partner.

Our Partners: 

Ingenuity Cleveland is proud to partner with the brand-new boutique design firm Architecture Office to administer this program. Driven by a passion for new technology, material honesty, efficiency and craft, Architecture Office pursues a rigorous design practice which evaluates client goals, site, and program to develop site specific design solutions which are both timeless and contemporary. Their practice reduces elements of style to their functional origins to create works of art which exhibit clear spatial intent. Architecture Office founders Dru McKeown and Adam Roskelly were competitors in the pilot Iron Architect competition, the legacy of which lives on in Architecture Office‘s professional practice.


What you can do:

Join a team! Student teams may be arranged through your college, high school or other institution. You can join up with a group of friends and approach a faculty member about organizing a team, or approach us directly to see if your school is already involved! Find out more by emailing our partners at Architecture Office:

Mentor or sponsor a team! Help us through materials donation or your time and mentorship for our student teams. Or, for even more brand visibility, your mentorship may be combined with a cash sponsorship – just get in touch by emailing

Additional Program Details:

Teams should be comprised of 3-7 students and are given a specific and unique material list along with judging requirements. Panning and pre-construction occur within a 2-month window, and one week prior to install a secret ingredient is sent to teams to activate their live constructions.

Teams will be judged on creative use of materials, site specificity, overall design, ingenuity (analogue v. digital), and program fulfillment – the end result must:

support 18 festival visitors at one time


create a reason for visitors to engage one another

Sign up to participate here: