We established Unprofessional Development after hearing dozens of stories from educators all over the country who were looking for ways to bring design, making and creativity into their classrooms.
We are an initiative of Project H Design, a non-profit committed to teaching youth to design and build their future with heart, hands, and hammers. We have two sister programs: Girls Garage, a one-of-a-kind design and building program and dedicated workspace for girls ages 9-13 (and our home base), and Studio H, a high school design and building class based at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, California.
Christina Jenkins is the program director at Project H Design. She taught for nearly ten years in New York City public school classrooms, leading courses ranging from anthropology to cartography, and launched a middle school technology program featured by PBS Frontline. She studied design at Parsons, architecture at Columbia University, education at Pace University and urban studies at UCLA. She’s studying computer science and has a lifelong love of classical piano. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Pilloton is an architect, educator, and founder of the nonprofit Project H Design. She has worked for a decade designing and building community architecture projects with students, supporting teachers’ creative growth through project-based learning and making, and researching the role of creativity in all aspects of learning. Her ideas and work have made their way to the TED Stage, The Colbert Report, the New York Times, and more. She 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 featured in the award-winning feature-length documentary, If You Build It.