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

September 7, 2021
Today, news headlines covering rising crime rates are increasingly common in Las Vegas and just about any other metro area. With that, homeowners may start to wonder if there are ways to improve the security of their largest investment.
August 12, 2021
Historic pink hotels have never really paled. But like rosé wines, they seem to be enjoying a renaissance.
July 16, 2021
Floristry is 'a therapy in itself — it's connecting with nature... to make artwork.'
June 23, 2021
Part of our concept of "home" is as a place of refuge from the outside world. It's somewhere we can feel both physically and psychologically secure.

Articles Featuring Dak Kopec

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
Campus News | March 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
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.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.