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

The Crime Report
June 9, 2022
The popular image of a prison, informed by movies and TV series like Orange is the New Black, is something close to a zoo, where individuals deemed too dangerous to be allowed to roam free in society are caged like animals.
The New York Times
May 21, 2022
In the Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel, a large and tasteful home becomes an object of infatuation.
Furniture Today
March 31, 2022
The Las Vegas Design Center, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, will host its first-ever career day for interior design students, offering a full day of networking and free educational seminars on April 8.
Las Vegas Review Journal
January 24, 2022
In the fourth quarter of every calendar year, the Pantone Color Institute and all major paint manufacturers unveil their colors of the year. Designers and experts then spend the next few months weighing in on why certain colors and palettes were chosen, and how these choices reflect on society and design trends.

Articles Featuring Dak Kopec

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.