Ray Cole is Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He has been teaching environmental issues in building design in the Architecture program for the past thirty years. Dr Cole is the Academic Director of the Design Centre for Sustainability – the focus of sustainability related research within the School. He was co-founder of the Green Building Challenge – an international collaborative effort to benchmark progress in green building performance and environmental assessment – and has served on numerous national and international committees related to buildings and the environment. Dr Cole was selected as a North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor for “sustained commitment to building environmental research and teaching” in 2001. In 2003 he received the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service and the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award. He is currently a Director member of the Canada Solar Buildings Research Network, a past Director member of the Canadian Green Building Council, and holds the UBC designation of Distinguished University Scholar.