Coupland is known for public art installations across Canada, including Vancouver's 'Digital Orca', and Toronto's 'Four Seasons'. Since 1991 Coupland has written thirteen novels published in most languages.
He has written and performed for England's Royal Shakespeare Company and is a columnist for The Financial Times of London. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, e-flux, DIS and Vice. In 2000 Coupland amplified his visual art production and has recently had two separate museum retrospectives, Everything is Anything is Anywhere is Everywhere at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2014), The Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (2015), and Bit Rot at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, and Villa Stücke in Munich (2016).
In 2015 and 2016 Coupland was artist in residence in the Paris Google Cultural Institute. Coupland is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of British Columbia, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and receiver of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.