Leni Schwendinger will lead our urban lighting design network with the goal of redefining the role of night-time lighting for urban spaces.
Leni is a lighting designer with expertise in the illumination of architectural and public spaces around the world. Balancing artistic talent and firm project management, Leni aims to expand the use and application of light to incorporate economic vitality, social interaction, and public health and safety into the fabric of city and urban environments, with a specific focus on nightscapes.
During her 20-year career, Leni has focused on the artistic application of light as a medium in the urban environment. She has worked on significant projects throughout the world for clients from Glasgow, Scotland to Seattle, WA, winning numerous awards for her work. In addition, Leni has worked on prominent lighting projects that were designed to connect public space, communities, and visitors, including the award-winning Dreaming in Color at Seattle Center and “The Heart of Doha in Qatar.”
"Arup is thrilled that Leni has joined the firm to lead its global urban lighting efforts. Through her vast network and years of experience, she will broaden Arup’s capabilities to include landscape, infrastructure, and atmospheres for both day and night-time environments, worldwide."Brian Stacy, principal and Arup Americas lighting leader.
Arup’s lighting design team has created expressive and sustainable concepts in light worldwide, including the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the Sacramento Airport in California, and the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, CO.
"Innovation and creativity for bringing light to public spaces all over the world energizes architecture, landscape and urban infrastructure with the ultimate goal of connecting people to each other and their surroundings. I am excited to be on the Arup team and to expand my experience and influence to light city and urban environments everywhere."Leni Schwendinger, associate principal.
Leni has lectured and taught widely throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. As an internationally-known lighting designer and speaker, she is considered an innovator and authority on urban lighting and infrastructure.