Member Profile – Karin Liljegren

Architect and ULI Member, Karin Liljegren, FAIA, IIDA, has dedicated her career to revitalizing downtown Los Angeles’s rich stock of existing buildings.

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 community and is active with city and county officials in crafting policies that ease the challenges of working on existing buildings. Her design projects breathe new life into the buildings and communities. Her impact created the return of historic downtown LA as a livable, walkable neighborhood.

Karin founded Architecture and Interior Design firm, Omgivning in 2009. The firm gives new life to underutilized buildings into hotels, multi-family housing, offices, restaurants, and bars. In ten years, Omgivning has grown to 40 staff and touched 400+ buildings in DTLA and beyond. In 2014, the firm received a Presidential Honoree award for an Emerging Practice from the AIA Los Angeles. 

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