Leni Schwendinger

Founder, International Nighttime Design Initiative and Creative Director and Consultant, NightSeeing™

Leni Schwendinger is a recognized authority on the many issues and applications of city lighting with more than 20 years of experience creating illuminated environments for public spaces all over the world. Her innovative, interdisciplinary practice, nighttime design, focuses city districts’ darkened hours and includes community involvement methodologies. This work is shared through Leni’s public speaking engagements, including the worldwide “NightSeeing™, Navigate Your Luminous City” program, most recently in Prague, Czech Republic, Sydney Australia, Santa Monica, California (USA) and Bogota, Colombia. She is applying her expertise to think-tanks and policy guidance in the areas of mobility and smart lighting. Recent and ongoing projects include the New York City subway, several bridges in Canada, and art projects for the Cleveland Rapid Transit District, among others. Professional awards include such recognition as multiple Lumens from the Illuminating Engineering Society, SEGD and the NEA Japan Residency Fellowship. Schwendinger has enjoyed extensive coverage in design press and media, including videos produced by Monocle, Architectural Lighting, Architectural Digest and Dwell magazines. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a Design Trust for Public Space Fellow and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in residence at the Portland State University (USA) Department of Architecture. Most importantly, Leni is currently directing a startup, International Nighttime Design Initiative, to establish an after-dark, design-focused, profession. More information here https://lenischwendinger.com/ and here, http://www.nightseeing.net/