Dak Kopec is an Architectural Psychologist and Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture. Dak has authored several books used by design educators, including three editions of Environmental Psychology for Design which is by 1/3 of all Interior Design programs worldwide. He has also written the novel Broken Boys Beyond Friendships, a story that details the lives of young people coming to terms with their sexuality in the middle 1990s.
Two of Dr. Kopec’s books have won the Polsky Prize. He is also credited with researching, developing, and administering the first low residency graduate program focused on designs for human health at the Boston Architectural College and has been awarded an honorary Fellowship to ASID (HFASID).
Dak served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii with a joint position in the schools’ architecture and medicine, was listed as a Fulbright Specialist, and served two terms as a Fulbright Reviewer. In 2017 Dak won IDEC’s Community Service Award for designing a group home for people with developmental disabilities and early-onset Dementia. Today Dak is interested in using design and literature to promote social equity and healthy spaces, especially for LGBTQI+ youth. He is committed to design that supports social equality for all people by calling upon his diverse educational background in Health Sciences, Psychology, and Architecture.