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Living Legends Series: LEE G. COPELAND FAIA 'Teaching Urban Design & Architecture'

Wednesday January 21, 2004
Noon luncheon at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle/RESERVATIONS CLOSED

Lee G. Copeland FAIA (BArch cum laude, AIA Medal, University of Washington 1960; MArch and MCP, University of Pennsylvania 1963). Appointed Dean, UW CAUP in 1972 at age 35, served until 1979. Appointed Dean and subsequently Paley Professor of Architecture and Planning, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania 1979-1991. Currently Consulting Principal, Mithun. He received the AIA Seattle Medal in 2000, and in 2001 the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.

In a career of unusual breadth and accomplishment, Lee Copeland has achieved a rare balance of mutually reinforcing roles in education and practice. Lee's work combining these roles has had a profound influence on the emerging discipline of urban design, on urban designers now practicing around the world, and on the form of American places of living and learning.

His extensive, thoughtful, and powerful work in education and practice has made a distinct contribution to the development of American urban design, in three major areas as summarized below:
as Dean of architecture and planning at two major US universities and as member and President of NAAB: shaping the core curriculum from which urban designers take their originating principles, and molding the values and skills of fellow educators and students, in teaching and design organization leadership;
as a principal in highly-regarded urban design and planning firms in Philadelphia and Seattle: modeling the forms of design practice, making a learning laboratory of practice and a practical experience of learning; and
in extensive urban design and planning consulting in several cities at and major American universities: influencing the form of campuses and cities across the nation.

In partnership with his wife, Rolaine Vines Copeland Hon. AIA, Lee has also contributed to the legacy of architecture and design through work in K-12 education, reflecting their shared values and commitments.

The cumulative achievement has marked the way Americans live in and learn from the urban environment, and has merited national acknowledgment, honor, and exemplification by the professional colleagues and heirs of Lee Copeland.

We urge Fellows/Honors Council attendees to bring young architects and colleagues as their guests, to share the inspiration and experience of this presentation.


Donald Carlson FAIA
President, Fellows/Honors Council

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Lee G. Copeland FAIA


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