Cole, Doris

Doris Cole

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Chicago, Illinois


  • Radcliffe College, BA cum laude, 1959
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, M.Arch, 1963

Years of practice



  • Cole and Goyette, Architects and Planners Inc. 1981-2012
  • Doris Cole, FAIA, Architecture/Planning 2012-present

Professional organizations

  • Licensed in 1970
  • Joined AIA in 1978
  • Became AIA fellow in 1994

Location of architect’s archive

Harvard University Graduate School of Design Loeb Library Special Collections

Related websites


Cambridge, Massachusetts, commercial, institutional, residential


Early life and education

Doris Cole was born in Chicago, Illinois to Louis Cole and Helen Exley Moore Cole. She graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan in 1955. She received the AB cum laude in 1959 from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA and the MArch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1963.

Career in Architecture

Firms: Cole and Goyette, Architects and Planners Inc., Cambridge, MA, 1981-2012

Doris Cole, FAIA, Architecture/Planning, Cambridge, MA, 2012-present

Elected Fellow of The American Institute of Architects in 1994. AIA member since 1978.

Wrote the first book on women in architecture in the United States, From Tipi to Skyscraper: A History of Women in Architecture (Boston. i press. 1973, distributed by MIT Press.)

Her professional and personal papers are part of the Doris Cole and Harold Goyette Collection at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Loeb Library, Special Collections.

Major Buildings and Projects

  • Organic Skyscraper, SuperSkyScraper Design Competition, London, UK, 2014
  • Multimedia Interactive Children’s Theater, OISTAT Theatre Arachitecture Competiton, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011.
  • Trees of Memory, ACB Holocaust Memorial Competition, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2010
  • The Dubia Creek Tower, Tall Emblem Structure Competition, Dubai, UAR, 2009
  • Memorial Hall Library Interiors, Andover, Massachusetts, 2005
  • Jeremiah Burke High School, Renovation and Addition Design, Boston, Massachuetts, 2004
  • East Boston High School, Renovation and Addition, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001
  • Higginson, Mason, and Stone Schools, Renovations, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995
  • Pennell Cottage, Shapleigh, Maine, 1994
  • Everett and Gardner Schools, Renovations and Additions, Boston, Massachusetts, 1993
  • Child Care Center, Boston City Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, 19889
  • Scott-Jabaily Residence and Barn, Westwood, Massachusetts, 1988
  • Damson & Greengage Restaurant, Boston, Massachusetts, 1987
  • Forte Residence, Boxborough, Massachusetts, 1985
  • Private Residence, Concord, Massachusetts, 1973

Press and Awards


  • “Outstanding Design–Jeremiah E. Burke High School.” American School & University Architectural Portfolio,November 2004, 307.
  • “Building an Appreciation.” The Boston Globe, March 30, 2003. Article on the book by Doris Cole, School Treasures.
  • “School Building Initiate.” PresevatiON MASS, 2003. Case Studies on East Boston High School and Point Webster Middle School.
  • “Doris Cole Establishes Time and Place in her Architecture and in her Writings.” Women’s Business Boston. April 2002, 6, 8, 14.
  • “Outstanding Renovation–East Boston High School.” American School and University Architectural Portfolio, 2001.
  • “Doris Cole,” by Pamela Hill, Ladies on the Threshold: A Series. Series Editor: Susan F. King. Chicago Women In Architecture, May/June/July 1995.
  • Krantz, Les. American Architects: A Survey of Award-Winning Contemporaries and Their Notable Works. New York: Facts on File, Inc. 1989.
  • Doumato, Lamia. Architecture and Women: A Bibliography. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1988.
  • Selected for Exhibition and Catalogue, 2011. Multimedia Interactive Children’s Theater, OISTAT Design Competition.
  • Award of Excellence, 2006. Boston Society of Architects/Women in Design .
  • Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, 2001. East Boston High School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Bronze Citation, American School and University, Educational Interiors. 2001. Anna Fisher Library/Media Center, East Boston High School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • BSA/IIDA/ASID Interior Design Award, 2000. Thomas Gardner and Edward Everett Schools, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, 1994.
  • Massachusetts Honor Roll of Innovation and Discovery, May 18, 1992. Architecture Designs for Renovations of Boston Public Schools.
  • International Illumination Design Award, March 1988. Damson & Greenage Restaurant, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Inclusion in Timeline of Landmark Events. From Tipi to Skyscraper in The Exceptional One: Women in American Architecture, 1888-1988, AIA Exhibition, 1988.


  • Candid Reflections: Letters from Women in Architecture 1972 and 2004. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 2007.
  • School Treasures: Architecture of Historic Boston Schools, with photographer, Nic Wheeler. Weston, MA: Font & Center Press, 2002
  • The Lady Architects: Lois Lilley Howe, Eleanor Manning and Mary Almy, 1893-1937, with Karen Cord Taylor. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 1990.
  • “New England Women Architects.” Pilgrims & Pioneers: New England Women in the Arts, edited by Alicia Fazon and Sylvia Moore. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 1987.
  • Eleanor Raymond, Architect. New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 1981.
  • “Eleanor Raymond.” Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective, edited by Susana Torre. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1977.
  • From Tipi to Skyscraper: A History of Women in Architecture. Boston: i press inc., 1973.

Institutional Affiliations

Doris Cole has lectured at the University of Virginia, Chicago Women in Architecture, Bostonian Society, Boston College Club, Boston Society of Architects Lecture Series, Rhode Island School of Design, and elsewhere.