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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Bored Panda
Today we have gathered some of the best examples of design that alleviates life with and for children. Whether it’s something that helps parents to handle their little ones, or solutions that aid the kids themselves, these people knew exactly what would come in handy for one of the two groups. Their ingenious designs cover everything from tiny doors to playtime areas at the dentist’s, and much more.
The Las Vegas area is home to over 200 assisted living communities, but to find the best fit for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to consider your care needs and budget, as well as your lifestyle, interests and comfort level with group activities. Here’s an overview of assisted living options in Las Vegas to jumpstart your search.
Verywell Health
Billions of dollars a year are spent to build healthcare facilities in the United States. Considering how much money is poured into constructing hospitals, little is known about how hospital room designs affect patient outcomes.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Though most desert dwellers appreciate the cooler fall and winter temperatures, these months with fewer hours of daylight can sometimes cause some people to experience seasonal affective disorder. With SAD, people may experience long periods of sadness, energy loss, weight gain, oversleeping and a loss of interest in activities they normally enjoy.

Articles Featuring Dak Kopec

Dancers with the U.N.L.V. Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

2022 U.N.L.V. 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.

Student playing Jenga
Campus News | September 7, 2021

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

Person viewing monitors
Campus News | March 11, 2021

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