Dak Kopec

Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Expertise: Architecture, Environmental psychology, Aging in place, Health design


Dak Kopec is an architectural psychologist. He is among course instructors for UNLV's Healthcare Interior Design master's program, which blends Architecture and Health Sciences disciplines to teach interior designers to create spaces (such as hospitals, schools, homes, and senior living communities) that cater to aging populations as well as a wide range of physical ailments (for example: visual impairment, mobility issues, and dementia).

Kopec has written five books pertaining to psychological and physical health and a person’s overall well being, has been invited internationally to discuss health and wellbeing within the designed environment, and invited to serve diverse government appointed positions. His interests are in social justice through environmental design and person-centered design for specific health-related conditions. 


  • B.S., Health Sciences, California State University Long Beach
  • M.S., Community Psychology, Springfield College
  • M.S., Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
  • Ph.D., Environmental Psychology, Union Institute and University

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Dak Kopec In The News

Thrive Global
October 15, 2019
Plants may be your green-thumbed coworker’s solution to a boring cubicle. But there’s evidence that suggests we all may want to get in on the perks of adding some green to our workspaces. Because, as it turns out, bringing a bit of greenery indoors can do great things for our well-being. Read on for five reasons you should get a plant for the office (and, no, not one involves doing it for the ’gram).
Boston Magazine
October 10, 2019
As the housing crisis continues to unfold across the city, some developers think they've found the perfect solution: sending everyone back to college dorms. But will the co-living developments they're building really make life better?
Realtor Magazine
October 2, 2019
Despite the allure of senior communities that offer a surfeit of amenities, such as pools, gyms, coffee bars, and cooking classes, most older adults—76 percent of Americans age 50 and older—want to remain in a home throughout their golden years, according to an AARP survey.
Seattle Times
September 11, 2019
The word “anxiety” gets thrown around a lot these days, and I admit, I’ve been a little dismissive. I’d think to myself, “Don’t we all get nervous now and then? What’s the big deal?” Then, this year, I experienced a series of panic attacks that knocked me right off my high horse.

Articles Featuring Dak Kopec

A professor and a student work to bangage the leg of a second student.
ResearchSeptember 26, 2019
For UNLV’S Healthcare Interior Design students, a major shift in population will prove the impetus for how architecture will function in the 21st century.
A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus NewsSeptember 25, 2019
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.