Ray Cole is a Professor and past-Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia and the past-Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). Although his education is in engineering and science, Dr Cole has spent the majority of his career in the field of architectural research and education, and is an Honorary Member of the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Dr Cole has received numerous academic and professional awards and distinctions for his research, teaching and leadership activities in the field of green building design and performance assessment. He holds the designation of North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor and UBC Distinguished University Scholar. Dr Cole is a past Director member of the Canadian Green Building Council; a Cascadia Fellow; a recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award, the AIBC’s Barbara Darymple Memorial Award for Community Service, the Sustainable Buildings Canada’s Life-time Achievement Award and the Canada Green Building Council’s Lifetime Leadership Award. Dr Cole was a recipient of the 2013 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.