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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Linnaea Tillett


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Linnaea Tillett

What's Light Got To Do With It? Thoughts on Mood, Dignity and Magical Thinking


Linnaea Tillett founded her firm, Tillett Lighting Design, 32 years ago, and has become one of the most respected, creative and thoughtful practitioners of the art of lighting design today. She holds a doctorate in environmental psychology and her innovative approach incorporates a thorough understanding of the perceptual, behavioral and psychological effects of light. As a designer and public artist who brings a unique background to a technically complex field, Dr. Tillett has extensive experience crafting highly nuanced lighting programs for landscape and the built environment.

She has forged multi-project collaborations with leading architects and landscape architects, including Maya Lin, Paula Hayes, Kiki Smith, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Toshiko Mori, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Sasaki Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Olin Studio, and Land Collective.

Earlier Event: November 13
Ernesto Oroza
Later Event: February 19
Antina von Schnitzler