Inspiration comes from the past, present and future of the neighborhood we’re working in. Especially when working on adaptive-reuse projects, we like to say that our design goals come from the inside out. We listen to what the building wants to be.

Our low-ego approach helps us focus on the true priorities and larger goals of each effort. We’re then able to envision something authentic, as if the project had always been there.

Our Story

We’ve grown steadily since our founding in 2009. Omgivning now occupies an entire floor in an old tower downtown, where the Fashion District meets the Historic Core. We’re headquartered in DTLA, but our passion extends to transformations all over.

Our architecture and interior design staff has touched almost 350 projects, from small local cafes to a two-million square foot historic landmark. We’re in love with the beauty of old high-rises, warehouses, theaters, department stores and plenty else. From these, we create programmatically rich hotels, multi-family housing, restaurants, bars, creative offices and more, plus custom furniture for many projects.

Our Services

It doesn’t take much for a project to go wrong, especially when working with existing spaces and structures. Clients trust our architects and interior designers to navigate the challenges and pitfalls of some incredibly complex projects.

People appreciate our agile, solutions-based understanding of the rules governing work on new or existing and often historic structures. Through our collective knowledge of budgeting, process and construction, we help attain the fullest vision for each space. Together we make something unique.

We hold significant skills and experience in:

  • Updating & redesigning existing spaces
  • Rehabilitation/restoration of historic façades & interiors
  • Interior fit-outs
  • Space planning
  • Rooftop amenities & pools
  • Non-ductile concrete buildings
  • Unreinforced masonry buildings
  • Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (DTLA and Hollywood)
  • Value-add work for existing properties
  • High-rise retrofits
  • Historic tax credits
  • Buildings on Broadway (Commercial Reuse, Streetscape and Sign District)
  • Custom design of furniture, lighting, and other products
  • Furniture procurement

Our Values

For our clients, we offer the optimal mix of technical skill, design ideas and economic value. Uniting these elements requires that each project succeeds at the human and urban scales.

As humanists, we celebrate the details that give meaning to our lives. Texture, form, color, time and light become cues for engagement. Together they tie us to a space and to our neighbors, and invite us to experience the pleasures of eating, living and working.

As urbanists, we see our projects as points in a larger network of social and cultural activity. Drawing on our extensive connections and collaborations, we work to amplify local histories, support current uses and enable future traditions and objectives.

Our Team

Karin Liljegren

Founder + Principal

Ai Yamaguchi

Albert Escobar

Alex Prictoe

Alice Liang

Amanda Salud

Director of Special Projects

Andrew Lords


Eclipse Viewing, August 2017

Ben Ferraioli

Bolívar Iñiguez

Cassie Thomas

Dominic Sosinski


Hana Ogita

Ivan Lin

Javiera Sequeira

Joel Chappo

Jonathan Giffin

Mt Whitney Camp Trip, December 2018

Photo by Nikki Brown

Kirsty Robinson

Lauren Mishkind

Mariam Aslanyan


Meiyee Chappo

Operations Manager

Morgan Sykes Jaybush

Director of Hospitality Projects

Nicole Stubblefield

Director of Interiors

Nikki Brown

Norella Carboni

Director of Design

Pablo Patiño

Peter Rindelaub

Projects Director

Randi Robins

Richard Kassab

Roberto Vazquez

Managing Director

Sara Groesbeck

Sergio Cuculiza

Shahr Razi

Shannon Marks

Simone Barth-Auster

Staff Party at OM Home, July 2017

Photo by Nikki Brown

Taylor Carlin

Sir Charles Darwin

Yukie Takeshi


People join Omgivning because they love merging the new and the old. It’s a truly collaborative office where everyone makes a difference. Even the dogs! Watch this space to learn when we’re hiring (and sign up for our newsletter newsletter below to learn more).