Lyn Godley, MFA

Professor, Department of Industrial Design
Director, Jefferson Center of Immersive Arts for Health

Lyn Godley

Lyn Godley, MFA

Professor, Department of Industrial Design
Director, Jefferson Center of Immersive Arts for Health

Research Interests

Lyn Godley teaches Industrial Design studios and has developed a cross-disciplinary concentration in Lighting Design with a focus on Light as Experience.  She has spoken at both National and International conferences on topics of lighting design curriculum and the impact of light and art on health. She founded the Jefferson Center of Immersive Arts for Health, an cross disciplinary initiative between Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, to investigate the impact of dynamic and interactive art on health.

In addition to her academics, she has been active in the fields of Art and Design since the early 1980’s. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with pieces in numerous museum and private collections. Her work at Lyn Godley Design Studio focuses on light as the primary medium. Her grounding in materiality, extended into electronics and circuitry, is further enriched through her research on the psychological and physiological effects that imagery, light and color have on the viewer. Her work is the result of ongoing studio practice together with science, provoking questions regarding how the merger of light and art might be used to speak to us, to mesmerize, to excite, to calm, and to heal.


MFA - University of Wisconsin-Madison 1980

BFA - Ohio State University 1978


  • Development of an Interdisciplinary Light and Health Curriculum, Funded by Nuckolls Fund 2021-2023
  • The Art of Future Health: The Impact of Art on Health, funded by CFDNL Pedagogy Grant 2021-2022
  • Light4Health, Funded by Erasmus+, Health Research Curricular Development for Lighting Design Online Course, 2018-2021
  • Developing an Interdisciplinary Light and Space Curriculum, Funded by Nuckolls Fund, Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program 2017-2021
  • Interdisciplinary Design and Experimental Architecture Studio on Textile Material Strategy. Funded by NCARB (National Council of Architecture Registration Board) Award. Joint project with Philadelphia University Kihong Ku (Architecture) and Marcia Weiss (Textiles) and Lyn Godley (Industrial Design). 2015


  • Live Light Painting, Jefferson Outpatient Cancer Center at Chestnut and 11th, commission for a dynamic light installation for the façade of the new Jefferson building due to open in March 2024. 
  • Elizabeth’s Chandelier, commissioned and purchased for lobby of the Hadley Restaurant, Park Town Towers, Philadelphia. Installation completed Summer 2019. 
  • Enveloped, Tierview Properties, Philadelphia, PA, Commission - large scale fiber optic artwork for Lobby
  • Dew-mi O’ My, Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest Campus Hospital, Allentown
  • FLOW, SugarHouse Casino, Percent for Art Project, selected from nation-wide search for commission.  
  • Thought Process, The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, commissioned permanent LED lighting installation across front façade, Reading, PA


  • Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NYC, NY.
  • MUDE Design Museum, Permanent Collection, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Permanent Collection, Philadelphia, PA.
  • The Jewish Museum, commissioned menorah Miracle for Centennial Exhibit, Permanent Collection. NYC.
  • Denver Art Museum, Design Dept., Denver, CO.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art & Design NYC.
  • Museum of Modern Art, Architecture + Design Dept. Permanent Collection, NYC.


  • Immersive Arts Student Design Competition, an international design competition in which students design a dynamic and/or interactive lighting experience for a healthcare waiting room.
  • Health and the Art Experience, covers research on the effect of art on health. Students research, design, and create immersive experiences that could benefit patients and caregivers.
  • Lighting for Health, covers the Science of Light, Lighting Design Fundamentals, Lighting Terminology, Lighting Metrics, the Physiology of the Vision, Daylight, and Germicidal UV Light.
  • Luminaire Design, focuses on the design of physical luminaires, both for production and as commissioned decorative lighting. Includes an overview of Lamp sources, Lighting Components, Luminaire typology, Controls, and Codes. As part of the curriculum the students take part in a Luminaire Design Competition.
  • SEE Our Cities Global Design Intervention, an open-source international design competition.
  • Light as Public Experience, focuses on large scale light installations and digital projection mapping.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Experiencing Light: Lighting Design & Your Health - An Exclusive Jefferson Alumni Online Talk, sponsored by the Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement. November 2021
  • Speaker, Art and Health Interventions – Transferring Mediated Aesthetic Experiences from the Gallery/Museum to Healthcare, 2nd Annual International Neurodiversity and the Built Environment Symposium: Immersive Experiences, Thomas Jefferson University. October 2021
  • Speaker, “World Creativity and Innovation Day Panel”, Hosted by Drexel, Jefferson and the University of the Arts, a collaborative panel event and celebration of interdisciplinary creativity and innovation in the city of Philadelphia. An expert from each of the universities presented about their creative practices in the fields of art, design, psychology, science, wellness and more. 2021.
  • Speaker, Mixed Media Women Artists in Philadelphia: A Summer Day- trip with Ursula von Rydingsvard, Gerri Spilka and Lyn Godley, Presented by NY/PA ArtTable. New Fabric Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, and Park Town Place Galleries, Philadelphia. June 21, 2018
  • Speaker, “The Cross Disciplinary Future of Lighting Design Education”, LEDucation, NYC, NY. March 13-14 2018.
  • Speaker, “My Cross Disciplinary, Relationship with Light” at Koln International Institute School of Design, Cologne, Germany 2017.
  • Speaker, LEDucation, “The Cross Disciplinary Future of Lighting Design Education”, NY, NY March 2018.
  • Speaker, “The Cross Disciplinary Future of Lighting Design Education”, Professional Lighting Design Conference, Nov 2017, Paris, France
  • Tele-Skype online presentation to The Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. The Value of Beauty: Using Art and Light to Promote Wellbeing’, 2015
  • Speaker, Arts+Healthcare International Conference, Houston, TX. Peer Review Guest Speaker, 2014