Caroline Cole lives locally to the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and has been a Trustee since 2016; she Chairs the Capital Projects Board.
Caroline read architecture at the University of Cambridge, and during her professional life has worked both as a design consultant and as a client commissioning design professionals for the built environment. She is the Founder of Colander Associates, a business that has advised many of the UK’s most acclaimed architectural and engineering practices, and works with building owners, developers and government agencies, helping to formulate their approach to architecture. Caroline regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences to promote good design to clients, and good business to the professionals. She is committed to integrated design and gender diversity, establishing the Equilibrium Network in 2015, to enable women to have equal influence in the design and delivery of the built environment. In 2019, she helped set up the climate emergency network, Construction Declares, which now has over 7,000 member organisations worldwide. She is a Trustee of the Ove Arup Foundation; Chair of SPACE Studios; an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA; a Professor at IE University, Madrid; Fellow of the RSA, and sits on the Design Review Panel for HS2. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and has received the Freedom of the City of London. In her spare time, she is a ceramicist.