About Omgivning
Omgivning is Swedish for ambiance, setting, and environment. We are Architects, Interior Designers and Urbanists.

Omgivning strengthens urban communities through architecture and interior design, emphasizing the adaptive reuse and revitalization of existing buildings in Los Angeles. We align the client's goals with the neighborhood’s history, aesthetics, current uses and growth patterns, as well as the building’s particular history, nuances, challenges and opportunities. Omgivning combines this understanding of place with our substantial experience of City requirements and regulations to create spaces that succeed for the client, the user and the community. We are valued for our ability to create thoughtful and inspiring designs while understanding budget, schedule, building systems and other aspects of functionality that make a project financially successful.

Karin Liljegren is the Principal and Founder of Omgivning Architecture and Interior Design. Her passion for revitalizing buildings in Downtown Los Angeles began with overseeing the 1999 adaptive reuse of the Old Bank District, which continued in subsequent years of working exclusively on adaptive reuse at Killefer Flammang Architects. Today, Omgivning has a staff of 26 Architects and Interior Designers who, in addition to their professional efforts, live, play and volunteer services to the evolution of Downtown Los Angeles.

Since its 2009 inception, Omgivning has established itself as a recognized firm in the Architecture and Interior Design culture of Downtown Los Angeles, providing services on over 250 buildings ranging from 950 square foot cafes to two-million square foot historic landmark adaptive reuse projects. The firm's breadth of completed work includes adaptive reuse multi-family housing, hotels, creative office, neighborhood restaurants and bars, historic theaters and furniture design. Regardless of the scale or type of project, Omgivning is centered on it’s love for urban life and is passionate about seamlessly blending architecture and interior design to create spaces that have “feeling” and an inspiring “sense of place.”


Drawing Production and Permitting Conversion of existing buildings into new uses:
  • + Updating / Redesigning Existing Spaces
  • + Drawing Production and Permitting
  • + Roof gardens / Pools
  • + Historic facade & Interior Rehabilitation / Restoration
  • + Apartments / Stores / Restaurants / Nightclubs/ Hotels / Public Places
  • + Interior Design
  • + Furniture Design