Louise Harrison
Associate: Competitions

Louise is a Colander Associate. She has an enviable track record of running architectural competitions for clients across the globe. She has unparalleled expertise in managing public sector procurement processes and in creating hybrid competitions to match the expectations of clients and competitors alike.


For over 20 years Louise managed the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Competition Office, advising clients on design procurement in both the public and private sectors, and running a wide variety of high profile competitions, through many different procurement routes, each tailored to meet individual clients’ needs.

It was at the RIBA that Louise first met Caroline Cole: they worked together on a number of influential competitions, including the new Wembley Stadium and the Welsh National Assembly Building.

Louise has been responsible for setting up and managing many other significant competitions, including the Millennium Bridge in London, Guys and St Thomas’s Evelina Children’s hospital and the Sage and Baltic Art Gallery in Gateshead. She also worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority to set up the competition for the London 2012 Velodrome and the Central Park Bridge on the Olympic site.

Louise has travelled to Macao, Dubai, and Cyprus to give advice to overseas clients on running architectural and design competitions and supported the work of the World Bank in setting up a competition for a new University Campus in Abuja, Nigeria.

For many years, she was responsible for providing administrative support to the UK government in its participation in ‘Europan’- a biannual competition open to all young architects in Europe. This involved attending meetings across Europe to represent Europan UK along with delegates from other participating nations.

Louise joined the Colander competitions team in 2014.