March Rural Colloquium

Thursday, March 28, 2019

11:30 AM1:30 PM

Indiana Memorial Union-Georgian Room
900 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Design. Build. Transform.
A Conversation with Emily Pilloton

Join the IU Center for Rural Engagement for the March rural colloquium to inspire connections between faculty work at IU and community opportunities in rural Indiana. Talk with Emily Pilloton, a nationally recognized designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice, she has worked alongside youth ages 9-18 for the past decade to co-design and build public architecture projects that transform lives and communities.

The Rural Colloquium Series is supported by the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

RSVP by March 21

About Emily Pilloton

Emily Pilloton is currently a lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley, and she is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education. She holds a bachelor of arts in architecture from the University of California Berkeley, and a master of fine arts in architecture, interior architecture, and designed objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Through her Project H Design and Girls Garage initiatives, Emily has built a farmers market with high school students, a playhouse with and for the daughters of abused mothers, a school library designed by its own middle school students, and microhomes for a transitional housing agency.  Her work seeks to change the authorship of our built environment and cultivate power in underestimated communities, specifically young girls, undocumented youth, and communities of color.

Her work is documented in the full-length film If You Build It, and has been featured on the TED Stage, The New York Times, The Colbert Report, and presented to the Obama Administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House.