Skip to main content

Linnaea Tillett

Dr. Linnaea Tillett, Ph.D. is an award-winning lighting designer based in New York City. Founder and principal of Tillett Lighting Design Inc. for over 30 years, she is also a trained Environmental Psychologist.

Linnaea Tillett

"Use as little light as possible. Preserve the imaginative possibilities and the natural habitats of the creatures we share the night with."

Title: What Keeps Me Up At Night

Reflections on damage reduction approaches to the lighting of human and wildlife habitat.

Combining an acute aesthetic sensibility with insights from social science, Dr. Tillett crafts highly nuanced lighting programs that delight, improve sustainability, and engageissues of safety and security. A pioneer in the field of landscape lighting design, her innovative approach incorporates a thorough understanding of the perceptual, behavioral and psychological effects of light.

Dr. Tillett has extensive experience lighting museums and cultural campuses, connective corridors waterfronts, bridges and underpasses and urban parks, including outdoor sculpture collections, skating rinks and adaptive reuse of parking lots. Some of her projects include the Menil Collection Campus in Houston, TX, New York City’s historic Battery Bosque, Princeton University’s Arts and Transit campus, and the groundbreaking 3.6 mile Syracuse Connective Corridor. She has collaborated with leading landscape architects, architects and artists including Maya Lin, Toshiko Mori, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and Olin Studio. She has lectured extensively including, most recently, at Sveriges Arkiteckter’s 2017 Oyster Seminar.