Having built his first igloo with his family at age four, Craig Copeland
has always had an active imagination for architecture. After receiving formal training at the University of Florida, where he majored in architecture and earned a bachelor’s of design and a master’s of architecture from Yale University, Copeland has been the lead designer on two LEED Platinum buildings, the Visionaire in Battery Park City, New York and the other the Business Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois. Copeland earned a Fulbright Fellowship in Rome, Italy, and was the Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome as well. Currently, he is constructing a 50-story, 250-unit residential and medical office tower for Mount Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side. Copeland feels in order for green building and sustainable design to continue to work, local governments at all levels need to partner with “private developers who champion sustainable design.” “This is what happened in Battery Park City over the past 10 years,” Copeland says. “And this is what is now happening in downtown New Rochelle.” In New York City, Copeland sees the movement towards green living and more sustainable design and architecture being embraced and still strong and feels the next generation of architects need to become active in the green community and focus on learning and implementing the fundamentals of sustainable design.