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.
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.