Lifespan Design Studio (LDS) was created in 2006 by Doug Gallow, an architect, and Ellen Gallow (retired), a gerontologist who began her career as a senior center director. The decision to create a unique company focused on architecture and the people it impacts in equal measure was inspired by personal experiences and a shared determination to promote universal, aging-friendly design.

Douglas J. Gallow

Douglas J. Gallow Jr., FAIA, NCARB

A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio Doug’s portfolio includes a diverse mix of institutional, commercial, and residential design projects with an unparalleled resume in senior/active adult center planning and design consultation. He has served on more than 120 senior center projects for public and private sector clients in 31 states. Doug completed Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program, and actively pursues continuing education and professional collaboration to support his commitment to gerontology, design for aging, and universal design.

Doug frequently presents workshops and seminars on topics in senior center and universal/lifespan design at national and state conferences for aging services and design professionals and students. In 2022 he was invited to serve on the National Institute of Senior Centers’ Modernizing Senior Centers Task Force and elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for his contributions to senior center design.