Senior Principal

Master of Architecture, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts, Ohio State University

Yolanda Cole, FAIA, is a Senior Principal and Owner of Hickok Cole, a forward-focused commercial architecture and design practice located in Washington, DC. With over three decades of experience in base building and interior design, Yolanda has worked on projects ranging from large-scale, mixed-use developments to commercial and retail interiors. She is widely recognized for spearheading innovation in the profession through the cultivation of a collaborative, research-based practice. Yolanda is a frequent speaker at conferences on topics ranging from transforming the practice of architecture through exploration, to ground-breaking technologies for urban Net Zero renovations. Her personal passion is to influence housing policy and create new prototypes to maintain young families in our cities.

Yolanda is a Past Chair of the Washington District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Past Chair of the Governance Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Past President of the local AIA|DC chapter, where she served on its Board of Directors for many years. In 2013, Yolanda was named one of the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business. In 2017 she was honored as a Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate at Bisnow’s Power Series and was named one of the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100. In addition to her leadership in the real estate profession, Yolanda is a founding board member of the DC Concert Orchestra and serves as the orchestra’s Chair of Development and Principal Flutist.