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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, Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham, Architects, (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

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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.



The architect Lee G. Copeland was born in WA on 03/26/1937. At age three, Lee lived with his parents and sister in a rented house at 6821 18th Avenue NE in Seattle. The family paid $25 per month for these accommodations. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4375; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 40-63,accessed 12/10/2015.)

In 1950, the Copelands continued to inhabit the house at 6821 18th Avenue NE. (See, Source Citation United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 826; Sheet Number: 72; Enumeration District: 40-153, accessed 06/22/2023.)

As a UW student n 1958, Lee G. Copeland resided at 8061 45th Avenue NE in Seattle. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1958, p. 304.)


His father Sidney Zangville Copeland (born 05/20/1909 in Birmingham, England- d. 11/26/1983 in King County, WA) worked as a newspaper reporter in Seattle, according to the 1940 US Census. Five years earlier, he worked for the Spokane Press also as a reporter. They lived at West 1118 Grace Avenue in Spokane. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1935, p. 162.) By 1950, Sidney had become an advertising agency executive in Seattle.

Sylvia Gordon (born c. 1912 in San Francisco, CA-d. 09/12/1996 in Seattle, WA), his mother, worked in the home in 1940. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4375; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 40-63,accessed 12/10/2015.) Her father Michael Gordon (born 09/20/1881 in Russia-d. 10/13/1971 in Alameda County, CA) was a real estate broker in San Francisco in 1930. Sylvia's mother Esther Braunstein (born c. 1888 in Russia) managed the household at 226 28th Avenue, that included two children at that time. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0248; FHL microfilm: 2339938, accessed 06/22/2023.) The Gordons moved to Berkeley, CA, by 1940. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Berkeley, Alameda, California; Roll: m-t0627-00189; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 1-139, accessed 06/22/2023.)

Sylvia and Sidney married on 06/10/1934 in Alameda County, CA. (See, Source Information California, U.S., Marriage Records from Select Counties, 1850-1941 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 06/22/2023.)

According to the 1940 US Census, Sidney completed three years of college, while Sylvia completed high school.

He had a younger sister Linda Jane Copeland Berkman (born 05/18/1939 in Seattle, WA).


Lee Copeland married Rolaine Vines Copeland (born 10/28/1938 in Portland, OR) on 08/16/1961 in Portland, 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).

Her parents were were Alex Vines and Marian Miller, who resided in Milwaukie, OR, in 1961. (See Source Citation Oregon State Archives; Salem, Oregon; Oregon, Marriage Records, 1906-1910, 1946-1966, accessed 03/06/2023.)

Rolaine was made an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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