Karin Liljegren

Owner + Founder


Karin Liljegren, FAIA, IIDA, has dedicated her career to revitalizing the rich stock of existing buildings in Los Angeles. In 1999, she worked on the very first projects under LA’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which launched her nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities of adaptive reuse. She is a thought leader in the downtown Los Angeles community and is active with city and county officials in crafting policies that ease the challenges of working on existing buildings. Her impact created the return of historic downtown LA as a livable, walkable neighborhood.

Liljegren was recently inducted into AIA Fellowship, the highest honor for an American Architect. She’s also changed some codes for commercial buildings downtown, like allowing better pool access, and has come out with a post-pandemic design report called “Reimagining Spaces” that can change the outlook of downtown Los Angeles and the city as a whole.

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