Galen Vassar


Interior Designer

Galen Vassar, associate principal, leads Lawrence Group’s hospitality and senior living interior design studios and has more than 15 years of interior design experience. Galen’s expertise in resident unit and guest room interiors, paired with knowledge of amenity spaces, experiential and destination design provides for creative and unique design solutions across markets. Her hospitality experience includes the award-winning Hotel Ignacio and Angad Arts Hotel. She has played an integral role in preserving several historic St. Louis landmarks by presenting creative design solutions for projects such as Stifel Theatre, The Marquette Building, Park Pacific, and the award-winning Sun Theater. Over the last five years, she has managed more than $18 million in FFE installations.


General Studies, University of Missouri St. Louis Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design St. Louis Community College at Meramec


  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) #30003
  • Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Co-Presenter, “Lessons Learned in Person-Centered Care,”
  • LeadingAge Missouri, 2016
  • IIDA Student Mentor, February 2017
  • St. Louis Business Journal, Mentoring Monday, February 2017
  • Environments for Aging, Remodel-Renovation Judge, October, 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Enhancing the Visitor Experience,” Explore St. Louis, November 2018
  • Presenter, “Improving the Resident Experience: A Hospitality Approach to Senior Living,” LeadingAge Missouri, September 2019
  • Panelist, “What Inspires You and Where do You Search for Inspiration,” IIDA Gateway Chapter, November 2019
  • Presenter, “The Pursuit of Wellness,” LeadingAge Missouri 2020 Virtual Fall Forum, October 2020


  • 40 Under 40 Award Winner, St. Louis Business Journal, 2017

Representative Work

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, STL City House Replacement, St. Louis, MO
  • Allegro Senior Living, St. Louis, MO
  • Angad Arts Hotel, St. Louis, MO
  • The Broadway Columbia - A DoubleTree by Hilton Phase II, Columbia, MO
  • Hotel Ignacio, St. Louis, MO
  • Embassy Suites Downtown, St. Louis, MO
  • Park Pacific, St. Louis, MO
  • The Marquette Building St. Louis, MO
  • South Side Tower, St. Louis, MO
  • Nissen Building Apartments, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Valencia Place, St. Louis, MO Pointe 400, St. Louis, MO
  • Laumeier Place, Sunset Hills, MO
  • Lewis Collaborative, Mixed- Use Commercial and Residential Renovation, University City, MO
  • Eden Lofts, Gilded Age Renovation LLC, St. Louis, MO
  • City Foundry STL Food Hall, St. Louis, MO
  • Stifel Theatre, St. Louis, MO