TILLETT LIGHTING DESIGN ASSOCIATES

Linnaea Tillett Lighting Design Associates, Inc. crafts highly nuanced lighting programs. Founded in 1983, it has a reputation for artistry, technical innovation and functionality.

Founder/Principal Linnaea Tillett holds a doctorate in environmental psychology. Her innovative approach incorporates a thorough understanding of the perceptual, behavioral and psychological effects of light. She has extensive experience in lighting landscape, infrastructure, architecture, public art, interiors and art collections.

Tillett Lighting Design Associates has collaborated with leading architects and landscape architects—including Maya Lin, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Toshiko Mori, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP Architects, Scape, Leeser Architecture, Olin Studio, Quennell Rothschild — as well as artists Kiki Smith and Paula Hayes.

Dr. Tillett carefully selects each commission. Her staff provides a high level of service and close attention to detail. Comprehensive and up-to-date technical knowledge is seamlessly merged with sophisticated aesthetic values. Careful consideration is paid not only to the visual environment, but to the emotional texture of the space as well.

We are a WBE certified firm in New York City and are WBE certified through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. 

Design Manifesto

Our work is both poetic and non-poetic (i.e., practical). We oscillate between pragmatic and aesthetic function—tipping even the most straightforward condition—a street, a hallway, a bike bridge—into a condition that is open to artistic form.

We respect the need to protect the night sky and wellbeing of the many nocturnal species inhabiting our world. Hence our approach turns on first analyzing where—and even if—lighting is needed. Whenever possible, we amplify, reuse and refine what exists. And if light is missing, we add it in as subtle and efficacious a manner as possible.

We operate with an acute sensitivity to the desired emotional texture of a space—its affective, social and economic dimensions. In shaping the ambiance of a place, we look to impact not only the visual experience, but, as importantly, the felt experience.

Finally, we recognize that we are operating in a global climate that is increasingly complex, extreme, unpredictable and even savage. Therefore, we look to employ new thinking and techniques so that our lighting installations can function in unstable and adverse circumstances.