Speaking Engagements and Presentations
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Updated June 2007



Upcoming Speaking Engagements


On September 25, 2007, don't miss Leni's review of the Coney Island Parachute Jump at CUNY's Science & the Arts series presented by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York: Science & the Arts and Gotham Center.  http://web.gc.cuny.edu/sciart 


September 14, 2007 - The Color Association of the United States – Leni will be speaking at an exclusive gathering at Color Association which was founded in 1915 – the oldest color forecasting service in the United States.


June 22, 2007 -  Designers\Lighting Forum –The Designers Lighting Forum New York Picnic and viewing of the Coney Island Parachute Jump.



Recent Speaking Engagements


May 2007 - City.People.Light forum – At the City.People.Light forum in Rotterdam, the key theme was to explore and share new visions of the future of urban lighting.  The event was organized in association with LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) and ELDA (Professional Lighting Designer’s Association) and held as part of Rotterdam’s nomination as City of Architecture 2007.


     January 2007 - sponsored by Illumination Engineering Society of Puget Sound at The Lighting Design Lab of Seattle. Seattle, WA.


     October 2006 The 25th Annual IESNA Street and Area Lighting Conference, Tampa Florida


     May 2006, GEL 4th Annual Conference at The Equitable Theater in New York City.  click here


     February 2006 Fashion in Colors Symposium, Cooper Hewitt Museum

     Symposium Featuring:

-           Leatrice Eiseman/Pantone Color Institute

-           Behind-the-scenes tour with Fashion in Colors illumination designer Leni Schwendinger

-           How your brain perceives color, with Dr. Israel Abramov

-           Panel with Nike, KitchenAid,  Glaceau, and ColorWare; moderated by Barbara Boemink, Cooper-Hewitt Curator Director


Current and Recent Exhibitions

  • Design Life Now currently in New York at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum until July 29, 2007.

-           January 26, 2008 through April 20, 2008    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

-           September 27, 2007 - January 6, 2008        Museum to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston                                                      

·               City Lights, Museum of the City of New York, 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City

·               Going Public: Center for Architecture, New York City

·               Off the Wall: an exhibit of projects from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, AIGA Gallery, New York City

·               Designing the High Line: Grand Central Terminal, New York City


 A Word From the Audience...

"...presentation of your work was eye-opening and thrilling to both the artists and the more engineering-oriented members of our audience...I especially enjoyed your discussion of how you involve the community in many of your projects. The style of your talk managed to convey both the profoundness you strive for as well as the concepts and esthetics on a more general and approachable level, and your explanation of the differing roles of artists and designers was very thought-provoking."

-David Bergman, Committee Chair, Designers Lighting Forum


"As the eighteenth lecture in the monthly 'DDC Talks' program, your standard of excellence was truly exemplary."

-Anne Papageorge, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction


“Every Artists & Audience Exchange project makes an important contribution to New York’s cultural fabric.  Thank you for your time, talent, and expertise which you have shared through this program.”

        - New York Foundation for the Arts


Previous Speaking Engagements

  • September 2006, Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS); Leni joins a panel on entrepreneurship.
  • May 2005, Lighting Design Collaboration: An Essential Method for Today’s Interiors, Architectural Digest Architecture Days, New York City, Center for Architecture
  • April 2005, Lighting Design Collaboration: An Essential Method for Today’s Interiors, Architectural Digest Architecture Days, Los Angeles, Pacific Design Center, For Leni’s tips to collaboration
  • April 2005, Light and Projection: Artist Talk and Workshop presented and sponsored by the Cal Arts School of Theatre, Valencia, CA
  • February 2005, Light Congress,  New York City, Hyatt Hotel. For Leni’s introductory speech, click here
  • March 2005, Interdisciplinary Master Class hosted by University of Wisconsin (Madison) Department of Theatre and Drama
  • Winner’s Circle Workshop: Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, New York City
  • DESIGN-IN MARATHON HAPPENING NOW! Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Projects -- Center for Architecture, New York City
  • Working with Wind and Light: The Ephemeral Becomes Durable, Americans for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies conference, Washington DC
  • Extending the Night: Lighting the Urban Landscape -- AIA Long Island Chapter and Engineering/Architecture Design Division of the Port Authority of NY/NJ, Newark, New York City
  • Lighting of Unusual Spaces, Illuminating Engineering Society, New York CityThe Civic Stage: Interpreting Space Through Projection, LDI Conference, Orlando, FL
  • Gracie Mansion Renovation -- Designers Lighting Forum event: New York City
  • Public Lighting Strategies -- IES Street Lighting Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • Leni Schwendinger Environments - Experience Architecture Forum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Dreaming in Color; a Collaboration -- Bianco Lecture Hall Auditorium, Seattle Center Campus, Seattle, WA
  • 21st Century Trends, Design Innovation And Community Engagement: Mutually Beneficial Or Mutually Exclusive? - European Lighting Designers Association, London
  • Dreaming in Color, The Artist/Designer Dynamic Illuminating Engineering Society, New York City:
  • Light Fantastic: Works of Art - Designers Lighting Forum, New York City:
  • Club Design - Hospitality Design Expo 2003, Las Vegas:
  • Current Public Lighting Strategies, Home and Abroad- Lightfair 2003 at Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City