Meet Emily Pilloton

Emily likes to get dirty and build stuff. She is the founder of Project H Design, a nonprofit that uses architecture, design, and creativity to give youth ages 9-17 the voice and toolbox to construct audacious futures and communities.


What do you know for sure?   

Love > Fear

What inspires you?   

When a 6th grader from my girls summer building camp picks up a power tool for the first time.

Who do you admire? 

My grandmothers, James Victore, and Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill   

What’s the most outrageous thing you have ever done (that you can share)? 

Jumped off a mountain with a parachute strapped to my back (then crashed into a boulder), and adopted a border collie as an impulse buy on a road trip through rural Texas.

A little known fact about yourself? 

I have two extra bones, one in each foot

If you had to change careers what would you want to do? 

Welder or massage therapist or Olympic distance runner

What do you suck at? 

Diplomacy, and all skate-related sports.

What do you geek out about? 

Everything. Everything is interesting and I don’t understand the concept of boredom.

Favorite quote? 

“No.” - Rosa Parks

Want more? Follow Project H Design on Twitter, Watch her TED Talk or her appearance on the Colbert Report