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Caroline Cole

Caroline Cole

Founder & Director, Colander Associates, London, UK

Caroline is the founder and director of Colander Associates.  Building on her commitment to integrated design she founded the Equilibrium Network through one of the events in the ‘Colander Conversations’ series.
She read architecture at New Hall, Cambridge and during her professional life has worked both as a design consultant and as a client commissioning design professionals.
Caroline works with architects, landscape architects, designers and consulting engineers, helping them develop and run effective creative businesses.  She also works with clients to identify the best design teams for their projects.  She has inspired many of the UK’s most successful architectural practices to develop their businesses, including a number of Stirling Prize winners, and has worked alongside some of the most influential developers and building owners, helping to formulate their approach to architecture.
She helped set up Architects Declare and its umbrella organization Construction Declares, a global network now operating in over 20 countries across the world, uniting all strands of construction and the built environment in the fight against the climate and biodiversity crisis.
She was a member of the Steering Group responsible for the Government publication ‘Architectural Competitions, a Handbook for Promoters’, and was on the Development Board for the CIC’s Design Quality Indicators.  She is Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel to the IDBE (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment) Masters Course at the University of Cambridge; a Professor at IE University in Madrid; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Trustee of the Ove Arup Foundation; a Trustee of the Horniman Museum; Chair of the Trustees of SPACE Studios; an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a member of The Edge.
Caroline has published numerous articles and papers about the business of design and has spoken at many conferences and seminars to promote good design to clients, and good business to the professions.  She has been a judge of the Design Week Awards, the RIBA Regional Awards, the Manser Medal, the AJ Top 100 Awards and the Inspire Awards that recognize women in the built environment.
In her spare time, she is a ceramicist.

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