College of Architecture Presents Emily Pilloton

College of Architecture Presents Emily Pilloton

By Kerry McCulloug...

November 7, 2016

Emily Pilloton

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director of Project H Design, will be the next Hyde speaker giving a lecture entitled, "If you build it."

For this lecture, Pilloton will explore how design and building can transform lives and communities. She will share stories, projects and lessons from Project H Design's nine-year history including public architecture built by high school students, ten-year-old welder girls and partnerships with civic entities that have created jobs and social impact across the country. Using architecture and design as a lens, Pilloton will lay out a plan and a challenge for new designers to be creative leaders and builders of the future.

When Pilloton is not lecturing she uses architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice. She works alongside youth ages 9-18 to bring to life public architecture projects that transform lives and communities. Some of her notable projects include building a farmers market with high school students, a playhouse with and for the daughters of abused mothers, a school library built by its own middle school students, and microhomes for a transitional housing agency.

Pilloton’s work seeks to change the authorship of the built environment and give power to the underestimated and marginalized, specifically young girls and communities of color.

Pilloton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and a Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at University of California Berkeley and 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. Her work is documented in the full-length film If You Build It.

Pilloton lecture will be held in the Richards Hall, Room 15, UNL city campus, this Friday, November 11 at 4 pm.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at