Associate Professor of Industrial Design
The work of Lyn Godley has been recognized over a span of thirty years. Her dedication and involvement in both the design and production of her own work, as well as her deep commitment to the education and support of young designers has marked her as a positive force within the design community.
Long known for her work as a partner with Llyod Schwan in the design firm Godley-Schwan, her independent work completed since 1988 when she began her own design firm has been exhibited and commissioned by numerous museums and galleries.
Lyn Godley's design work has crossed the borders of interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelery. Smaller products have been shown with Godley-Schwan at the New York Gift Fair where they won the Crinkle lamp, the last piece Lyn Godley and Llyod Schwan designed together, was accepted into the the permanent collection at the Museum of Art & Design, an the Denver Art Museum. As one of three designers commissioned by the Jewish Museum to produce a piece for the museum's centennial exhibition in 2004, she designed a 13 foot long, 81 lamp menorah. In 1999 Godley was nominated for the Young Designer of the Year Award by the Brooklyn Museum of Art. A retrospective of the work of Lyn Godley and Llyod Schwan opened in the fall of 2004 at The Design Center in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited and published in over 14 countries around the world.
Her furniture and lighting, both individually and with Godley-Schwan has been exhibited at the ICFF as well as the Salone de Mobili where in 1989 they were first contemporary American furniture design firm to exhibit their work. Upon their return from Milan, Lyn Godley organized the 'Furniture NY' organization in order to promote American design abroad and serve as a networking resource for New York based designers. She assisted the group in securing funds to study the competitiveness of American design firms, as well as funding for the group to exhibit in Milan and Cologne. In 1990 Lyn Godley and her company were nominated for the NY State Governor's Award for Achievement in Exporting.
Her continued commitment to help other designers promote themselves led Godley to begin teaching at Parson's School of Design in 1997. There she has taught in the Product Design Department, teaching Intro level Product Design. She has served as Faculty coordinator for the sophomore level in the Product Design department coordinating curriculum among the various required design courses to ensure a unified learning experience. Currently at furnishing and lighting the Product Team that will be designing the furnishing and lighting for the Parsons' entry into the DOE Solar Decathlon where in Fall 2011 they will build a solar powered home on the all in DC. She is also currently teaching at Kutztown University where she teaches Foundation level design, as well as developing curriculum and teaching Product Design. With her broad background in design and business and her commitment to education, she has been able to not only inspire her students but work with them on a range of designs that have been exhibited, chosen for production by outside manufacturers, won awards, and received noble press coverage. Her industry ties have opened up numerous opportunities for collaboration between her students and real life projects.
In February 2005, she venture into theatre with a digital collaboration with the U-MD's orchestra depatments production of Brittans's Sea Interludes. In August 2008 she installed a permanent lighting installation of programmable LEDs at GoogleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. The 7100 LEDs across 174 windows continually 'draw in light' across the Art Center's fascade. In summer 2010 she was invited to Sculpture in the Parklands in Offaly County, Ireland where she is being commissioned to create a solar powered public sculpture to be installed in Fall 2012. Lyn Godley continues to design, exhibiting her work though galleries and commissions.
- DESIGN: Creates the Desirable
- Fashion Design
- Graphic Design Communication
- Industrial Design
- Interactive Design and Media
- Textile Design
- Textile Materials Technology
- ENGINEERING: Builds the Feasible
- Mechanical Engineering