Kurt Kraisinger


For more than 20 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. This opportunity allows him 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, entertainment districts and mixed-use development projects. Kurt is refreshed by movie marathons and spending time with his family. He recently toured the east coast with his son, making stops at several famous baseball stadiums.

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

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Kyle Knecht

Landscape Architect

Kyle contributes his skills to all parts of a project – everything from sketching out initial design ideas to working out the technical details. He has a large interest in graphics and 3-D visualization and enjoys using this as a tool in the design process. Since graduating magna cum laude from Kansas State University in 2006, he has had the opportunity to put these skills to use on a number of notable projects around the Kansas City area. Kyle joined LORAX Design Group in the spring of 2010. He enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and young son. He appreciates craft beers and likes keeping tabs on his favorite sports teams, the Royals and Chiefs.

Kansas State University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2006

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Jim Houser

Landscape Architect

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 also 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 Williamsburgh, 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 down cup of coffee out west after hours spent fly fishing a favorite river.

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

Kansas No. 728

Shawn Kummet

Landscape Designer

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.

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

Kelly Dooley

Office Administration

Kelly, the newest addition to LORAX Design Group, earned an Art degree from Kansas State University. Her many administrative duties range from travel and event coordination to website management. Additionally, she acquires samples and pricing for clients. Kelly lives in and loves downtown Overland Park. When she’s not working, she’s stocking up on veggies at the local farmer’s market or sipping coffee on her front porch. She loves painting, power-walking, yoga and dessert.

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

Jianqiao Luan


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.

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

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