Karin featured on XX|LA Architects Podcast, Episode 34


XX|LA Architects Podcast is a show featuring Los Angeles’s leading women in architecture and issues relevant to the profession. Hosted by Audrey Sato, AIA, LEED-AP, this podcast is dedicated to LA's community of feminist architects, highlighting the achievements of female architects, share their stories and insights, and promote equity in the profession.

In Karin's episode, Sato states,"I’m constantly impressed by Karin’s go-getter attitude and entrepreneurial talents, which you’ll hear more about in this episode, as she talks about the way she purposefully designed her collaborative practice, and continues to evolve it beyond architecture, incorporating interiors, product design, and even real estate development into her operations."

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CCA Partners with Omgivning For Their Adaptive Reuse White Paper

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Central City Association (CCA) White Paper Provides Framework for Expanding Adaptive Reuse to Support Economic Recovery and Housing Creation

Central City Association (CCA) is an advocacy organization focusing on Central Los Angeles and Downtown. As the premiere adaptive reuse architects of Los Angeles, Omgivning partned with CCA to release a white paper on adaptive reuse's power to spur economic recovery from the pandemic and address the deep housing shortage, homelessness, and affordability crisis in the City of Los Angeles.

Adaptive reuse -- the repurposing of underutilized buildings to meet communities' present needs -- is a proven, successful practice that is especially key now as cities navigate changing demands to office, retail, hotel spaces and more.

CCA provides a set of recommendations, including allowing adaptive reuse citywide, that the City can implement now to convert obsolete buildings into housing and community-serving facilities.

Omgivning contributed heavily to the details in this report along with developer Tom Gilmore & Associates. Read the full white paper with a list of detailed recommendations at

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We're Committing to a 2030 Sustainable Action Plan!

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Did you can take up to 80 years for new, energy-efficient buildings to overcome the negative climate impact created during construction?

The places where we live, work and play represent the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in America, as well as around the world. The design and construction industry has made significant strides toward creating high performance buildings of all types and uses. As a result, the industry is positioned to have a profound impact by continuing to foster high building performance and reducing building-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout our 12-year history, Omgivning has been working to combat climate change. It is our belief that when we maximize the potential of our existing buildings, we make a positive impact for our communities and our planet.

Omgivning’s 5 Key Strategies to combat climate change:

  1. Challenge and Advocate for policy innovation that supports building reuse
  2. Enhance existing building Energy Performance and data tracking
  3. Prioritize Urban Revitalization which strengthens urban centers, one building at a time
  4. Design durable, Resource-Sensitive buildings
  5. Connect building users to natural systems with a focus on Wellness and Comfort

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Karin's Interview with UCLA School of Arts and Architecture

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UCLA Alum, Karin Liljegren, FAIA, speaks to UCLA School of Arts and Architecture about the outlook of Los Angeles, post pandemic.

Before the pandemic, downtown L.A. was experiencing a renaissance. New bars, restaurants, hotels and apartment buildings were turning the sleepy urban core back into the popular shopping and entertainment destination it was a century ago.

Now, however, you’re more likely to see “For Lease” signs than the announcement of a grand opening. But signs of economic life are slowly returning, says architect and UCLA alumna Karin Liljegren, and finding use for empty ground-floor commercial space will be key to downtown’s recovery.

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California Historical Building Code and Incentivizing Reuse Webinar from the California Preservation Foundation and Omgivning

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The California Historical Building Code and Incentivizing Reuse Historic buildings provide challenges in meeting today's building codes. However, the California Historical Building Code (CHBC) is an alternative code to retain the historic character and features while meeting the accessibility and life safety mandates.

In the Fall of 2020 Karin Liljegren, FAIA and Joel Chappo, AIA of Omgivning presented a webinar on California Historic Building Code (CHBC) hosted by the California Preservation Foundation.

In this informative talk from Los Angeles's premier Adaptive Reuse Architecture and Interiors firm, Liljegren and Chappo discuss:

- Historic Broadway Commercial Reuse Bulletin: How LA City used the CHBC as a tool to incentivize redevelopment of an entire historic district
- Case Studies on applying Sections of the CHBC
- Applying the CHBC with Use & Occupancy, Fire Protection, Means of Egress, and Accessibility

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Omgivning Lookbook: Volume 1

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This collection of design projects highlights Omgivning’s Interior Design work, celebrating our collaborations with local fabricators and the pleasure we take in designing the details.  Texture, form, color, light, and historic fabric make a place feel whole, contributing to the human experience.

See how we transformed the rooftop and lobby of a former warehouse-turned-loft building in Hollywood. We chose a fresh, bright palette to complement new landscape, furniture, and a few fun custom pieces by local fabricators.

Browse our work in the historic CalEdison Building. We've highlighted some of our favorite custom pieces blending the building’s art deco style with modern-day needs.

All of this and a lot more interior design and adaptive reuse architecture projects, in this lookbook. Flip through Omgivning Lookbook Volume 1 for a complete look at our workplace, multifamily, and hospitality designs.

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AIA 2030 Commitment

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Omgivning is now a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment

We are at a critical social and climate tipping point. Long-predicted weather aberrations materialize and intrude into our daily lives, impacting livelihoods, and putting the most vulnerable of us in peril. Our actions over the next decade will determine whether we can avoid catastrophic consequences for our generation and the generations to come.

Since the building and construction industry accounts for 40% of total energy consumption in the United States, architects play a vital role in the effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

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Spectrum News 1 Runs a Segment on Reimagining Spaces

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Spectrum News 1 Socal interviewed our founder Karin Liljegren on Reimagining Spaces, our post pandemic urban design report.

“I just love the vitality here. You know, the people are just real,” Liljegren said. “We’ve got to bring downtown Los Angeles back, though, because it's in pretty sad shape right now.”

Spectrum News's Kristopher Gee talks to Karin about how design can change for the better post-COVID in the workplace, multifamily buildings, and reprogramming underutilized commercial buildings.

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Building Design + Construction Interviews Karin Liljegren About Reimagining Spaces

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Building Design + Construction Magazine's show The Weekly features our Reimagining Spaces design report. BD+C's John Caulfield interviews our very own Karin Liljegren, FAIA on our recently released reports on adaptive reuse for workplaces, multifamily, and urban reprogramming, Reimagining Spaces. Karin explains how empty or excess shopping malls, big boxes, ground-floor retail, and light industrial could be put to better use, and even makes the provocative claim that offices and restaurants have commonalities.

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Reimagining Spaces: Concepts for Transforming Multifamily Living

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Before the pandemic, incorporation of amenity spaces and providing a variety of unit types were common considerations in urban multi-family buildings. Among the many economic impacts of today's pandemic, the residential sector will experience long term shifts in how its spaces are used and examined.

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