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2020 EPIC-N Conference Keynote

The EPIC-Network and the Center for Rural Engagement are thrilled to host Emily Pilloton as the keynote speaker for the EPIC-Network Annual Conference at Indiana University Bloomington. Conference goers will hear powerful lessons about community-engaged learning.

Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage. Using architecture and design as a vehicle to transform communities and classroom pedagogy, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 to co-design and build public architecture projects. She has built a farmers market with high school students in rural North Carolina, a playhouse with girls whose mothers have experienced domestic violence, a school library designed by its own middle school students, and microhomes for a homeless housing agency.

Pilloton’s 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.

She is currently a Lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley, and is the author of three books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education, and a forthcoming book about tools and building for young women.