Embracing the power of ideas, right from the beginning.

In 1983, three University of Kansas design school graduates – Steve Smith, David Ohlemeyer and Paul Doerner – started Lawrence Group with the vision of becoming a design and construction “super firm.”

They named the firm Lawrence Group after Lawrence, Kansas, the home of their alma mater. They envisioned the firm becoming generational in its pursuit of realizing our client’s dreams. Today, the core principle of realizing dreams is a cornerstone of the firm and an inspiration for succeeding generations of the firm.

Driven by Core Values

Legendary Customer Service

We strive to be proactive, responsive and flexible – to do what we say we will do. We want to exceed our clients’ expectations. This is, after all, your project. We are part of the team helping you realize your dreams.

Inspiring Individual Growth and Creativity

We promote individual initiative, personal growth and creative excellence, and are committed to maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment. We each bring unique strengths and backgrounds that are respected and supported.

Growing Great Relationships in All Directions

Much of our growth has resulted from the loyalty we give and receive. We have many relationships with clients as well as vendors and consultants that are more than 25 years old. We want to continue to build on our existing relationships and grow new relationships through loyalty, trust and mutual success.

Having Fun and Celebrating Mutual Success

We believe that working with us should be as enjoyable as possible as you experience this exciting adventure. We think it should be fun. We enjoy what we do, and we celebrate our team and individual successes.

The Business of the Built Environment

We will constantly innovate and seek new systems and methods for delivering the built environment in the most efficient, effective and productive ways. We seek to be an industry leader in new technologies and services that will benefit our clients and enhance their opportunity for success.

Meet the firm’s leaders.

Steve Smith


Mike Schnaare


Tim Rowbottom


Laura Conrad


Neal Fister

Principal, Architecture

Tom Lekometros

Principal, NY

Beth Trueblood

Principal, Interiors

Amanda Auer

Corporate Counsel

Susan Bruker


Bridget Bogan

Associate Principal

Todd Bundren

Associate Principal

Alex Duenwald

Director of Graphic Design

Becky Egan


Riza Encarnacion

Associate Principal

Jill Engel

Director of Real Estate Operations

Angie Eslinger

Housing Leader

Greg Fix

Senior Director of Client Development

Mike Flynn

Education Leader

Sharon Henderson

Associate Principal

John Iffrig

Landscape Architecture Leader

Bob Korte

Healthcare Leader

Matt Lundgren

Associate Principal

Mike Marcinkiewicz

Healthcare Leader

Joe Meyer


Lisa Moehle

Senior Director of Client Development

Lisa Morrison

Associate Principal

Wendi Prange

Director of Talent Development

Todd Rogan

Director of Development Services

Pete Sebelski

Director of Operations

Ganesh Sathyan

Associate Principal

Amanda Skibinski

Retail Leader

Julie Steffens

Associate Principal

Mary Sue Sutton

Associate Principal

Earl Swisher

Principal, Austin

Greg Trost

Associate Principal

Galen Vassar

Associate Principal

Michelle Yates

Director of Marketing

Scott Zola

Director of Construction Services

Paul Doerner, Steve Smith and Dave Ohlemeyer founded Lawrence Group in 1983. The three friends graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (hence the name Lawrence Group). A year later, they were joined by Linda Loewenstein, who added interior design services to the firm.

Lawrence Group has more than 160 employees in three cities: