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    Tell Them I Built This

    Filmed on October 9, 2012, at “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference

    About this video

    In rural Bertie County, North Carolina, high school students in a design/build class called Studio H learned hands-on building skills and transformed their town. In her presentation, designer and Project H Design founder Emily Pilloton tells the story of the vision behind Studio H and the two years she spent teaching it. The story is an inspiring example of how public education and communities can be transformed through design-based education and youth-led public architecture—in Bertie County, the Bay Area and everywhere in between. 

    Speaker bio

    Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design in January 2008 to use design and hands-on building to improve communities and public education from within. She is also co-founder and instructor of Project H’s cornerstone educational initiative, Studio H, a design/build high school curriculum launched in Bertie County, North Carolina, and now housed at REALM Charter School in Berkeley. Trained in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pilloton has become a voice for young and emerging designers who believe that design is a valuable process for improving life worldwide. She is the author of Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People and a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow, and she has appeared on the “Colbert Report” as well as dozens of other global conferences including the TED Conference. Her work has been highlighted in the New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, National Public Radio, Architectural Record and others.

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