About Omgivning
Omgivning is Swedish for ambiance, setting, and environment.

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 and the community.

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. Karin is passionate about seamlessly blending architecture and interior design to create spaces that have a “feeling" or a "sense of place."

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. The firm's wide range of projects include adaptive reuse multi-family housing, hotels, creative office, neighborhood restaurants and bars, historic theaters and furniture design.

Omgivning has a staff of 24 Architects and Interior Designers who, in addition to their professional efforts, live, play and volunteer services to the evolution of Downtown Los Angeles.


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