Karin Liljegren is the boss woman here at Omgivning. If you have a hard time pronouncing "Liljegren" or "Omgivning" then you can blame her Swedish heritage for that. Her past life consists of growing up as a Jersey gal with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UNC-Charlotte. She came to Southern California to get her Masters in Architecture from UCLA.
When she's not busy running this place, Karin works with her butler/confidant Alfred in developing fast cars and escape pods. She fights crime in Gotham City in a black bat costume with her sidekick Robin, where they both ...oh no ... I've said too much.
Ai started her studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She realized that California was the place to be, and received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Cal State Northridge.
Ai will tell you she is half Japanese and half Indonesian, but we all know her to be 100% cat. She is truly a cat lady. In her spare time, she likes lounging in the sun, tree climbing, cleaning her paws, sharpening her claws on furniture, and swatting at dogs. 30% of the office is allergic to her.
Arbi Derian Keshishian
In 1715 Châtelaillon, France, Veronique Leclerc, the young daughter of a French nobleman, dreamt there would be a man named Arbi Derian. Arbi would graduate from Woodbury University in Burbank California, close to his hometown of Glendale, California.
In her dream world, Arbi was a lover of bicycles, painting and music, but also become fascinated with design from small doghouses to tall buildings that Leclerc later referred to as "Skyscrapers". He would work in architecture, but not for the mighty Sun King, Louis the XIV, but for Omgivning in Los Angeles, CA.
Veronique's dream has become a reality in 300 years time.
Born and raised in Downtown LA, Base (aka Baseball aka Bougansteinville aka Beetle aka Bug) is a Cocker Spaniel Chihuahua, and our resident Interior Barkitect. She attended her mother’s sister school, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Interior Barkitecture from Woofbury School of Design and Barkitecture. Her favorite colors are blue and yellow…because those are the only colors she sees. Please inquire about her rates.
Cat-human Betsy has her undergrad in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc. It’s quite an achievement for someone that is part cat and part adult human. Betsy is SoCal native, avid traveller, archinerd, calico-mix, and wine connoisseur. She’s travelled all over from Paris to Guatemala to underneath a car to Morocco, and it doesn’t end there. She looks forward to seeing more of the world. It’s a big place, especially when you’re are 9.4” tall and 8.2 lbs.
Bolívar was born in Ecuador, where he bounced back and forth between the northern and southern hemisphere. It was very simple as both hemispheres met in his backyard. Whilst there, Bo was training to be a Master Builder in LEGOLAND, but decided he wanted to spend his life in real-world architecture.
After moving to the Southland, Bo graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University. Although he works on real-life buildings at Omgivning, he still dabbles in Legos and has built his summer home out standard-sized Lego blocks. It was constructed in 28 minutes.
From Rollingwood, Mississippi, was a guy named Brad.
He was a gator wrestling musician, and it sure was rad.
He thought "Buildings are cool. This will be my fate"
And he got himself a BArch from Mississippi State.
The lure of California was a calling his name,
So Bradley headed west as to not be lame.
At Omgivning he landed, where he designs without a frown,
He even plays his guitar at gigs all over town.
Brad loves architecture and tunes that shuck and jive
Next time you see him, give him a high-five.
Court was born Kal-El on the alien planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction. Discovered and adopted by Minnesota farmer couple, the child is raised as Court Loeffler and was imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early on he started to display various financial managerial duties, which upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity through attending the University of St. Thomas for Communication Studies and Business Management and dealing with the financial sector of Omgivning in Los Angelopolis.
Sir Charles Darwin
Darwin is 50% Bassett Hound, 50% Blue Heeler and 100% fun guy. Don’t let his stubby legs fool you. He was the tallest dog in his graduating class at CalBarkeley, where he earned his Barkelers degree in Landscape Barkitecture. He’ll sniff out and roll around in the right landscape for you. Please inquire about his rates.
This fun-loving pug is so happy to see you. As the youngest member of Omgivning, Ernie is a boundless chunk of energy and spunk. He graduated Cum Pawde at Woofbury School of Design and Barkitecture. Please inquire about his rates.
Valparaiso, Indiana is famous for two things: Orville Redenbacher and Joel Chappo. Much like Redenbacher, Joel too is a popcorn magnate, but left butter-soaked snacking game to attend Ball State University. This hilariously named school is where he earned his two degrees: a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design.
Joel is a proud owner of a genuine Eames Lounger, is dogfather to one of our barkitects, Roxy, and is wedded to the best architectural biographer in the biz.
Jonathan Giffin is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo BARCH, and studied abroad at Cal State Firenze. The world of architecture and big cities lead him to where he is today, designing for us here at Omgivning.
While living in Italy for school, he learned the ancient art of pasta making from the matriarch of the family he was living with. He has made a promise to Nonna to eat pasta daily, and will gladly share his meal with you.
Other things that Nonna has taught Jonathan: crocheting X-Mas sweaters, sending work-appropriate memes around the office, and general IT skills.
Kristen is a time traveller. She, technically, has not been born yet, as her birth year is 2187. She decided to come to our current time to complete her BFA in Interior Architecture from Woodbury University, and join the Omgivning team in 2015. Kristen came to the past because she admired the work Omgivning had done at the turn of this century and wanted to be a part of it.
Other notable accomplishments Kristen has through her time warps:
Fought valiantly in the Battle of San Jacinto
The first to cultivate tomato farms on Mars
Is the inspiration of the siren in the Starbucks logo
Lauren grew up on a rainbow, which has led her to living anywhere rainbows land from California to New England, and abroad to England and The Netherlands. Being raised in a sky spectrum has made her appreciate colors, sunshine, whimsy and springtime. Lauren suspended her colorful lifestyle to double major in International Politics and Studio Art at Claremont Colleges, to then receive her Masters in Architecture from Yale.
She now resides in downtown Los Angeles with her dog, Sir Charles Darwin, and her Pegasus, Francis McEnroe, Esq.
Meiyee Apple Tam
Meiyee Apple Tam is an actor. You can see her in such roles as the Omgivning Office Manager extraordinaire and Website Biographer. Growing up in Texas, she's bounced around Texas, moved to nation's capital, and found herself the clutches of LA life. Despite growing up in Texas, she had the thickest Canadian accent. We don't what that's aboot.
Although she is not a designer, she chooses to surround herself with designers because she enjoys being the company of those that stress out quietly at their desks.
Morgan Sykes Jaybush
Fourth generation Angeleno, Morgan Sykes Jaybush is one of the original members of Omgivning. He was born to be a part of the team, as he grew up in and around Downtown LA and has been a part of its revitalization for years. He escaped big city life for a little while to try out coastal living while attending architecture school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and then lived life in Italy for several years.
Hop in his '66 Cutlass Supreme to cruise over to his house, where you'll find his collection of vintage designer chairs and clocks. He's the most upscale and organized hoarder you'll ever meet.
Nicole Stubblefield went through the ranks studying engineering, but eventually found her calling graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Architecture. In the midst of all this California architecture, she ran away to study abroad in Denmark.
Nicole is a food connoisseur that lives in East LA, and can tell you where to find the best burrito shack in all of Boyle Heights. She's also one of the tallest people in the Omgivning office at 5'10". Need help reaching for the mug on the top shelf, you know whom to call.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nikki attended the University of New Mexico where she earned her B.A. in Architecture and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte for her Masters of Architecture.
Fueled by hatch chilies and fry bread, the desert spirits have guided Nikki to visit over 24 countries where she spreads her Nikki Brown wisdom (what is also known as “Brownisms”) across the globe like how to build basic furniture, 36 ways to wrap a shawl around your body, and to tell the difference between Moroccan spice and Monacoian spice.
Norella had a brief stint in real estate touring boring, unimaginative spaces. Even though all of that was lame, it allowed her to break out and exercise her creativity. She went on to graduate Woodbury University with a degree in Interior Architecture. She also designs and produces furniture, so for each cool piece she’s creating, one boring thing is taken away from society.
This dog and vegetable lover lives in Downtown Los Angeles only a block away from the Omgivning headquarters. Unlike most Angelenos, she doesn’t have that gross commute you have to take to work. She wins.
From the frozen tundra of Minneapolis/St. Paul begat Peter Rindelaub, LEED Architect. To continue his need to live in winter wonderlands, Peter attended The University of Colorado, where he earned his Bachelor in Environmental Design, and then went back to the home state to get his Master in Architecture from The University of Minnesota.
Feeling the need to thaw out, Peter sold his ice auger for fishing holes, and traded it in for hiking boots and sunglasses when he moved to Los Angeles in 2007. He still keeps an ice scraper in his car in case of emergency and for just plain novelty.
Former college star quarterback and rookie FBI Agent Quentin Stanton has investigated a string of bank robberies by the "Ex-Presidents", a gang of robbers who wear face-masks depicting former US Presidents. Quentin has gone undercover to infiltrate the surfing community but found himself increasingly drawn to the surfers' adrenaline-charged lifestyle and hit the waves everyday.
However, the lure of architecture has allowed Quentin to walk away from that past life. He threw his FBI badge into the ocean and earned his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State and his Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley. He’s never looked back. Why would he? It would only mean bad news.
Rachel grew up in the world of competitive swimming in one of the wettest places on the planet, Las Vegas, Nevada. She abandoned her mermaid lifestyle to attend SCI-Arc in Downtown Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor in Architecture.
Rachel embodies everything DTLA, from finishing school, living and working all within the boundaries of the 110, the 5, the 101 and the 10.
A self-proclaimed pastaterian, her diet consists of mainly pasta. She also makes jewelry...but not out of pasta, because the macaroni-jewelry trend has yet to catch on with anyone over the age of 5.
Riz began life as a muppet from the OTHER Sesame Street in South Royalton, Vermont. She was the cheerful girl, the one with the purple face, brown pigtails, and orange nose. When walking through the magical streets of Sesame, she stumbled upon a genie bottle. The genie granted her three wishes. The first wish was to be a real human girl. The second wish was to live in California, because as a fleece muppet, temperature did not affect her, but she knew as a human girl, it would be too cold for her people skin. Her third wish was to have a BArch from Syracuse and Masters in Architecture from UCLA, and be a part of the world of design. With all of her wishes coming true, Riz has grown to be a great (human) team member of Omgivning.
University of Michigan grad Roberto Vazquez came to Los Angeles after realizing he didn't want to live in a state shaped like a mitten anymore. This Architect is living the dream of turning underused structures into beautiful spaces to be enjoyed by everyone as one of the original members of Omgivning.
Roberto is Omgivning's token father of bouncing toddler Xavier. He will undoubtedly pass to his son his love of aesthetics, V-neck t-shirts and salad. Roberto loves salad.
Rocky was born in Michigan, and is a terrier mix of some sort. He'll talk to you about his love of hindquarter rubs. He also lets you know how being pet too hard or being picked up is not in his wheelhouse. Rocky eventually moved to California where he attended Cal Barkley School of Barkitecture. Please inquire about his rates.
In 2003, Roxy Roxelbaumensteinbergmanwitzenblatt was born on a greyhound track in New Hampshire. This New Englander then ended up in snowy DC, where she met her mother, and followed her to Los Angeles. Here, she discovered her love of avocados and finding snacks in the garbage. Roxy then went to SCI-Barc to receive her Barkler in Barkitecture. Please inquire about her rates.
Sara chose the world of design and architecture in an attempt to affect her surroundings. She earned a Masters in Architecture, moved to LA, and by joining the Omgivning team; she can carve out enjoyable spaces for the masses.
Sara is a part of our large group of upper Midwestern refugees where she escaped from the frigid temps of Detroit, Michigan.
Sara is so Detroit. How Detroit is she? Her mother is a Pontiac Firebird and her father is Red Wing Groesbeck…as in they named the hockey team after him.
Sarah Cahill, LEED AP, is a Wildcat from the University of Kentucky where she got her degree in Architecture. Growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH she enjoyed being taken into the city, which is where her love of buildings and architecture came from.
As a member of Omgivning, shaping and refining the character of Downtown Los Angeles is something she is proud to be a part of. Other things Sarah is proud of: her brand spanking new Winnebago, the ability to recite to you every lyric from the 90's Smashing Pumpkins catalog (not the weird later stuff), and being a force to be reckoned with at sci-fi trivia. Don't fraking test her.
Vincent Han is currently studying Building Construction in Pasadena, even after graduating with top honors with a Bachelors in Medicine. He came to California to pursue his PhD from his home city of Tianjin, China, but realized that the medical world just wasn’t for him. He found design to be more inspiring and just plain fun. Vincent is a positive and ambitious member in the Omgivning team who will one day rule us all. Please be nice to him now, as you will be handsomely rewarded when your time comes.
Once upon a time, a Chestnut-backed Owlet by the name of Ms. Madeleine Buttonmasher was soaring across the San Fernando Valley, where she found a child by the name of Yukie. The majestic bird noticed Yukie was creative in the arts, but also mathematical and logical. The wise old owl encouraged her to take the architecture path and with Ms. Buttonmasher by her side, Yukie earned their Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona.
Today, you’ll see Yukie and Ms. Buttonmasher enjoying their favorite activities, like exercising, dancing, and eating candy all around town. Yukie also currently lives in one of Omgivning’s projects. Ms. Madeleine now lives in Studio City, because Yukie’s building doesn’t allow birds.