A column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a vertical structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces.
On the other hand, it also stated:
A pole is a solid cylindrical object or column with its length greater than its diameter.
After a little bit of the enlightening lines above, we can conclude that a pole CAN be a column.
So here comes the conversation I had with my studio lecturer and classmates some time ago. The topic was originally podium structures for retails.
Student A: "Sir, is it possible to place a column in the middle of a retail?" (@_@)
Lecturer: "Maybe if it has a specific use, like..." (^_^)
Student B: "......a stripper pole!" (^▽^)