Leni Schwendinger

Leni Schwendinger

Leni Schwendinger is a globally recognized expert 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 urbanism, focuses on city districts’ darkened hours and includes fresh community involvement methodologies. This work is shared through Leni’s public speaking engagements, including the worldwide “NightSeeing™, Navigate Your Luminous City” program, in Australia, cities in the Global South, North and U.S.


She directs International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD), a consortium of 40 academics and practitioners investigating after-dark city districts — from safety to culture —  to raise awareness, educate and advocate for improved conditions.



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.



Public speaking, trainings and tours (in person and virtual)

Keywords: City lighting, Smart lighting, Luminous color, Public art, Community engagement,

More information: https://lenischwendinger.com/