Studio H was an in-school design/build class for 9th-12th grade students, created by the nonprofit Project H Design (now Girls Garage). First launched in Bertie County, NC in 2010 by Project H Design founder Emily Pilloton and then-partner Matthew Miller, Studio H relocated to Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA, where it ran from 2012-2019. Studio H has transitioned into an all-female after-school and summer design/build program called Girls Garage, based in Berkeley, CA. Below is a description of Studio H’s educational pedagogy:
Studio H students apply their core subject learning to design and build audacious and socially transformative projects. Students of Studio H have previously dreamed up, designed, and constructed a 2000-square-foot farmers market pavilion, their own school library, a pop-up park, laser-etched skateboards, sculptural concrete public furniture, roadside farmstands, tiny homes, and more. Through experimentation, non-stop production, tinkering, and a lot of dirt under their fingernails, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities. The work of Studio H is the subject of the full length documentary If You Build It. Studio H as been supported by the WK Kellogg Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Kendeda Fund, The Autodesk Foundation, Milwaukee Tools, and other generous funders and partners.