Our Team

Lifespan Design Studio (LDS) was created by Doug and Ellen Gallow, a husband and wife team that offers a unique blend of architecture and social science. We work closely with other professionals as needed to meet each project’s unique requirements.

Douglas J. Gallow Jr., AIA, NCARB

A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Doug was a partner in a Baltimore, MD firm for two decades before returning to Ohio to launch Lifespan Design Studio (LDS) in 2006. His professional resume includes a diverse mix of institutional, higher education, commercial, and residential design projects, and extensive experience in senior center design. The decision to create this unique company was inspired by professional and personal experiences and observations, and a growing determination to practice and promote a more universal and lifespan-inclusive approach to design.

Doug’s interest in the relationship between the constructed environment and successful aging grew out of extensive project experience with the senior center industry. Working with these community-based organizations that serve active independent adults, he became aware of the profound influence that the facility has upon clients, staff, and, ultimately, organizational effectiveness. To date, he has completed more than seventy senior center projects, ranging from feasibility studies for renovations to comprehensive design services for new facilities. Doug has completed extensive continuing education on aging, and is an active participant in a nationwide community of aging-services professionals, allowing him to remain in contact with emerging trends and timely information in this dynamic field.

Ellen R. Gallow, CAPS

Ellen Gallow brings a multi-dimensional background in services for older adults to her role as a lifespan design consultant and advocate. She studied gerontology and sociology at Miami University before beginning her career as a senior center director in Miamisburg, Ohio. Later, while serving as a promotional consultant for senior centers nationwide, she began to participate with Doug in senior center design projects. The pair’s interest in lifespan design grew in tandem, and Ellen became involved in projects where her social science perspective was of significant value to the design team. She has pursued continuing education in universal design and home design for aging in place to support her ability to communicate concepts effectively from both the client and designer’s point of view. As co-founder of Lifespan Design Studio, Ellen is involved in most projects from inception to completion, monitoring the effective implementation of the client’s objectives and universal/lifespan design concepts.

Ellen directs the company’s educational/advocacy activities through the publication of articles, a periodical “info-letter,” and development of seminars and workshops on lifespan/universal design, senior center design, and related topics.