WHO WE ARE

Kurt Kraisinger PLA, SWD, LEEDAP

President/Owner

For 25 years, Kurt has provided design and consulting services for various planning and landscape architecture projects throughout the United States. In June of 2009, he left as a managing partner of MKEC Engineering Consultant in Kansas City to open the doors of LORAX Design Group. Building Lorax over the last ten years has afforded him the opportunity to continue doing what he does best—using his passion for design to turn outdoor spaces into meaningful and memorable places that invite people to fully engage in their surroundings and make a positive impact on the environment. Kurt has an extensive background in the industry where his professional focus has included private residences, large master-planned residential communities, corporate office campuses, commercial retail centers and mixed-use development projects. He has a special interest in elevating the swimming pool industry by designing quality swimming pool and spas. Kurt is refreshed by movie marathons and spending time with his family.


Education
Bethel College — General Studies, 1990
Kansas State University — Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 1995
University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Regional and Community Planning


Registrations
Arizona No. LA 60912
Arizona Firm Registration No. 19451-0
Colorado No. 930
Illinois No. 157.001207
Indiana No. LA10600205
Kansas No. 629
Kentucky No. 918
Michigan No. 3901001638
Missouri No. LA-2003016227
Nebraska No. 226
New Jersey No. 21AS00124800
Oklahoma No. LA-0397
Tennessee No. 1098
Texas No. 3181
Virginia No. 406001746

Kyle Knecht

Vice President

Ever since he was a young boy, Kyle has been interested in design and how things are built–as a landscape architect at Lorax Design Group, he is able to put this passion for design to practice. He brings a keen eye for detail, helping bring Lorax’s creative design concepts to life as successfully-built projects. When he is not at work, you can find Kyle spending time with his lovely wife and two young children. An avid sports fan, Kyle is always up to talk Kansas City Royals baseball or Chiefs football.


Education
Kansas State University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2006


Registrations
Kansas No. 786

Jim Houser

Design Director

Jim’s experience and passion for design and natural systems has helped shape and develop a design process rooted in concept-based design – design with meaning. Jim’s project experience is an interesting dichotomy. His urban design solutions can be found in cities around the country; Pittsburgh, Orlando, Newark, Miami Denver, and Kansas City. His work on assessing development and open space conservation opportunities has found Jim practicing on various ranch properties throughout the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado and Wyoming. Work on university projects has also taken Jim to great college towns such as Williamsburg, Bloomington, Pullman and Manhattan. Jim is inspired by the time spent out of doors and can sometimes be found at the fly tying bench or enjoying a small town cup of coffee out west after hours spent fly fishing a favorite river.


Education
Kansas State University — Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture, 1993


Registrations
Kansas No. 728

Shawn Kummet

Project Manager

For 7 years Shawn has worked for various design build companies in Minnesota and North Dakota. He has developed a large interest in problem solving and graphic illustration for these solutions. After graduating from North Dakota State University in 2012, he looks to apply what he has learned in the classroom to the professional field. Shawn loves sports and spending time outside. On weekends, he can found playing several rounds of golf.


Education
North Dakota State University — Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2012
Bachelor of Environment Design, 2012

Kelly Sledd

Office Manager – Overland Park

Kelly earned an Art degree from Kansas State University and continues to teach art classes. As the office manager for the Overland Park location, she handles everything from bookkeeping and building maintenance to client services and material selections. Kelly and her husband live in a charming town north of the river and when she’s not working, she loves painting, yoga and going out for coffee.


Education
Kansas State University — Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2007
Emmanuel House Seminary — Master’s of Spiritual Direction, 2009

Jianqiao Luan

Designer

After studying landscape design for 4 years in China and horticulture for 3 years in the US, Jianqiao joined Lorax Design Group. Jianqiao was born and lived in China for 24 years and his mix of cultural experience gives him a different lifestyle and impacts his way of seeing the world and people. His favorite aspect about landscape designing is rendering and modeling, which helps him to understand and improve his design. He never gets tired of traveling the world because this planet is too beautiful to stop exploring. Jianqiao also likes watercolor drawing, plants, sunlight and playing the piano.


Education
Beijing Forestry University, School of Landscape Architecture — Bachelor of Agriculture
Kansas State University — Master’s in Horticulture, 2018

Becca Crumrine

Office Manager – Liberty

Becca is the newest addition to LORAX Design Group. With 16 years working as a registered nurse, Becca will continue to take care of people and make them smile in her new position as the Liberty Office Manager. Her duties are customer service, employee support and marketing efforts. She loves music, being outdoors, and family time. She takes pride in all she does regardless of how large or small the tasks may be. She is grateful to be part of the Lorax Family and help support the growth.

Our experience is not limited to our immediate backyard. Our portfolio spans the nation. We welcome the opportunity to serve clients near and far.

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