Dak Kopec

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

Every year, nearly one million U.S. households fall victim to burglary, according to the FBI, leaving homeowners feeling violated and traumatized. What if the house itself was the first line of defense?
U.S. News and World Report
If you ask Americans, the vast majority will say they want to live in their homes indefinitely. In fact, 95% of respondents to a 2024 U.S. News survey say that aging in place is an important goal for them.
Las Vegas Sun
The Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada’s location in the southeast Las Vegas Valley boasts nearly a dozen exam rooms, a collaborative office space for physicians, an open-concept nursing station and a slew of other amenities to benefit patients and providers alike. It’s almost impossible to tell that, in a former life, the building was not equipped for medical use at all. In fact, it was a financial-services firm.
Grist Magazine
Rolling up to a Tesla charging port, Illinois Republican state Senator Dan McConchie grimaced that wheelchair users like him couldn’t use it — or any of the others at the gas station where he filmed his Instagram reel. They’d all been placed on a raised surface that he couldn’t readily reach. McConchie introduced a state bill to improve relevant accessibility standards, including electric car chargers. But it’s a national problem: Electric vehicle charging stations are often inaccessible, despite being designed and built decades after the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, became law.

Articles Featuring Dak Kopec

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Campus News | May 1, 2024

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Campus News | April 1, 2024

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Campus News | August 1, 2023

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

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