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.

Filmed on October 9, 2012, at “Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference”

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