Copeland received a Fulbright
Fellowship in Rome, Italy to study Etruscan funerary hut urns through a process of drawing and sculpting, a project that
proved vital in his development as an architect and artist. Using a papier mâche technique –
of wire mesh, vellum, and acrylic – he developed a series of translucent studies that explored the shapes and spaces
of the urn forms relative to themselves and to the huts they represented.