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Male, born 1937-03-26

Associated with the firms network

Bassetti, Fred, and Company; Copeland, Lee G., Architect; Joyce / Copeland / Vaughan / Nordfors Architects; Mithun Partners, Architects + Designers + Planners; Weinstein / Copeland Architects; Young, Richardson, and Carleton, Architects and Engineers

Professional History


Architect, GBQC Architects, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1963.

Architect, Fred Bassetti and Company, Seattle, WA.

Architect, Young, Richardson and Carleton, Architects, Seattle, WA.

Partner, Joyce / Copeland / Vaughan / Nordfors Architects, Seattle, WA, 1974-1979.

Principal, Lee Copeland, Architect, Philadelphia, PA, 1979-1991.

Partner, [Edward] Weinstein / Copeland Architects, Seattle, WA, 1993-2002. A note in the Seattle Times stated: "Lee Copeland, former dean of the University of Washington College of Agriculture and Urban Planning, joined Edward Weinstein Associates Architects as a partner." (See Seattle Times, "On the Move," 03/30/1993, p. B4.)

Consulting Principal, Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners, Seattle, WA, c. 2004- .

Architectural Advisor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Capital Programs Office, Seattle, WA, 1992-2004.


Assistant/Associate/Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Seattle, WA, 1964-1979.

Dean, UW, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Seattle, WA, 1972-1979. Copeland became Dean of CAUP at age 35 in 1972.

Dean/Paley Professor of Architecture and Planning, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1979-1991.

Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1992- .

Professional Activities

Chairman, then Commissioner and Vice-Chairman, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia, PA, 1980s.

Copeland participated--in his capacity as Consulting Principal at Mithun--as a Consultant to the University of Washington Tacoma's Campus Plan 2008 Update; the UW Tacoma Office of the Chancellor profiled his career in 2008: "As a nationally recognized urban designer, Lee Copeland has been responsible for influencing and shaping campuses and civic places throughout the country. A former dean and professor of architecture and planning at two prestigious universities, he shaped the core curriculum for urban designers as a powerful organizational leader for colleagues and students. His insightful work honors cities and their inhabitants as they live, learn, and thrive. Lee is a recipient of the Topaz Medallion in 2001 from the American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for cumulative contributions to architecture and education as well as a recipient of the Seattle Medal in 2000 that recognizes distinguished lifetime achievement in architecture and service from the American Institute of Architects." (See Mithun, "Lee G. Copeland,"Accessed 07/17/2009)

Member, City of Seattle Design Commission, Seattle, WA, 2014-2018.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Recipient, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Medalist, AIA Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA, 2000.

Recipient, AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, 2001.


High School / College

Graduate, Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA, 1955.

B.Arch., University of Washington, (five-year program), Seattle, WA, 1960. At the UW, he belonged to the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.

M.Arch. and M.City Planning, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, PA, 1963.

College Awards

B.Arch. cum laude with the AIA First Medal, University of Washington, Seattle, 1960.




His father, Sidney Copeland, was born c. 1910 in England, and, according to the 1940 US Census, worked as a newspaper reporter in Seattle. Sylvia G. Copeland (born c. 1912 in CA), his mother, worked in the home in 1940. They resided in Spokane, WA, c. 1935. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4375; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 40-63,accessed 12/10/2015.)


Lee Copeland married Rolaine Vines Copeland on 08/16/1961 in Multnomah County, OR. (See, Source Citation: Oregon State Library; Oregon Marriage Indexes, 1906-2006; Reel: 1-10; Years: 1961-1970,accessed 12/10/2015.) Rolaine attended the University of Washington (UW). She was made an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.

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