Karen Ognibene

Director | Architect | FRAIA


Karen Ognibene is an architect and director of KO&Co Architecture, a Brisbane practice with a keen focus on socially responsible architecture and a belief that architects can, and should, make a difference to the way people live through good design. 

Karen’s portfolio of work includes social and affordable housing units, specialist disability and residential care accommodation, high end private residential and education facilities. She has designed and delivered many awarding winning projects within these sectors.

Karen studied in Brisbane and Milan, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 2002, writing her undergraduate thesis on architecture and homelessness.

Throughout her career, Karen has contributed to architectural education through tutoring at four universities in Southeast Queensland. Karen also holds a position on the Board of Architects Queensland examination panel and Economic Development Queensland design review panel.

She has participated in many panel discussions relating to social and affordable housing, mental health respite accommodation and specialist disability housing.