Liljegren, Karin

Karin Liljegren

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Karin Liljegren


New Jersey

Years of practice



  • Omgivning

Professional organizations

  • American Institute of Architects

Awards, honors and press

  • College of Fellows of the AIA
  • 2014 AIA Emerging Practice

Location of architect’s archive

Los Angeles, CA

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Written by Meiyee Chappo

Karin Liljegren, FAIA, IIDA, has dedicated her career to revitalizing the rich stock of existing buildings in Los Angeles. In 1999, she worked on the very first projects under LA’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which launched her nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities of adaptive reuse. Karin is a thought leader in the downtown Los Angeles community and is active with city and county officials in crafting policies that ease the challenges of working on existing buildings. Her impact created the return of historic downtown LA as a livable, walkable neighborhood.

Omgivning is the only architecture and interior design firm in Los Angeles that brings buildings and spaces to life through urban and historic revitalization, policy innovation, and custom design.  Her approach to her work and her firm is a macro to micro from the urban to the human scale.  

At nearly 40 staff, Omgivning is a thought leader in adaptive reuse and touched more than 400 buildings in Los Angeles.