Dak Kopec

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

Biography

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. 

Education

  • 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

Las Vegas Sun
January 27, 2020
Not so long ago, when the world was still analog, architecture students came into college already having some experience building things. Previous generations took shop classes or tinkered in their parents’ garage. Today, students possess excellent computer skills, but they are less likely to have a tangible connection to the physical world, according to UNLV associate professor of architecture Eric Weber.
Las Vegas Sun
January 25, 2020
Not so long ago, when the world was still analog, architecture students came into college already having some experience building things. Previous generations took shop classes or tinkered in their parents’ garage. Today, students possess excellent computer skills, but they are less likely to have a tangible connection to the physical world, according to UNLV associate professor of architecture Eric Weber.
Allure Magazine
November 6, 2019
Consider the times for a moment: We relax by watching Marie Kondo throw away suitcases of clothing and pantry-makeover companies get Netflix deals. So it’s pretty tempting to believe a higher consciousness (or just an air of superiority) is waiting for us after we throw away all our possessions to live humble-braggy in a well-lit loft with a citrine mortar and pestle and 24 plants.
Yahoo!
November 6, 2019
Consider the times for a moment: We relax by watching Marie Kondo throw away suitcases of clothing and pantry-makeover companies get Netflix deals. So it’s pretty tempting to believe a higher consciousness (or just an air of superiority) is waiting for us after we throw away all our possessions to live humble-braggy in a well-lit loft with a citrine mortar and pestle and 24 plants.

Articles Featuring Dak Kopec

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
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.