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Dak Kopec - UNLV. Palm Springs, CA, US

Dak Kopec

Professor | UNLV


Author, Editor, Architectural Psychologist, and Professor



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Dak holds a doctorate degree in Environmental Psychology with a concentration in perception and design and two master’s degrees, one in Architecture and another in Community Psychology. He is the author of several industry standard books and the novel Broken Boys Beyond Friendships.

Dak is an Architectural Psychologist and Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, has served twice as a Visiting Lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha Qatar and Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii in the schools of Architecture and Medicine.

He was also a host for a television pilot for TLC (The Learning Chanel) and a television pilot produced by Baja Posse Movies. Dak was invited to present in the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Taiwan, and Canada. He also testified before the California State Senate on issues of Environmental Health.

Industry Expertise (8)

Health Care - Facilities

Health and Wellness

Elder Care

Architecture and Planning





Areas of Expertise (2)

Interior Design and Psychology

Enhancing Children's Development With Design

Accomplishments (6)

Environmental Psychology for Design, 2nd ed. (professional)


Awarding winning book bridging the human condition with the designs of the built environment.

Health, Sustainabilty, and The Built Environment (professional)


Wrote book that bridges environmental health issues related to architecture, city planning, and interior Design.

Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii (professional)


Joint position within the school of Architecture and Medicine.

International Invitations (professional)

2006 Doha Qatar 2010 San Jose Costa Rica 2011 Tai Pei Taiwan 2012 Doha Qatar

Evidence Based Design: A Process for Research and Writting (professional)


Co-authored book on research methods in design.

Expert Consulting (professional)

Product design consulting for: Proctor and Gamble Clay Street, Cincinnati OH Bright House, Atlanta GA

Education (1)

The Union Institute : Ph.D., Environmental Psychology 2002

M.S. Architecture, Newschool of Architecture and Design M.S. Community Psychology, Springfield College MCHES, Master Certificated Health Education Specialist CMI, Certified Mold Inspector

Affiliations (4)

  • Environmental Design Research Association
  • National Environmental Health Association
  • Interior Design Educators Council
  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Sample Talks (1)

Interior Design and Psychology

Interior Design can be done in a way that maximizes the human experience within the built environment. By understanding neurobiology, sociocultural norms, and individual personality we can develop better designs for the people that occupy certain spaces.