Lifespan Design Studio (LDS) was created in 2006 by husband and wife team Doug and Ellen Gallow. The decision to create this unique company was inspired by personal experiences and observations, and a growing determination to practice and promote universal design. 

Douglas J. Gallow

Douglas J. Gallow Jr., AIA, NCARB

A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Doug’s portfolio includes a diverse mix of institutional, commercial, and residential design projects, with extensive experience in senior/active adult community center design. Working with these community-based organizations that serve adults age 50-100 and beyond, he became aware of the profound influence that the design of the facility has upon members, staff, and organizational effectiveness. Doug has served on more than 100 senior center projects nationwide, ranging from feasibility studies for renovations to comprehensive design services for new facilities. He has completed extensive continuing education on aging, and is an active participant in the nationwide community of aging-services professionals (National Council on Aging, American Society on Aging, National Institute of Senior Centers).

Ellen Gallow

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 at Miami University before beginning her career as a senior center director. 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.