- School of Design Studies
Dak Kopec, BAC Director of Design for Human Health
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 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 currently serves as a reviewer for Fulbright applications.
Dak's most notable accomplishments include several journal articles, the completion of three books: Environmental Psychology for Design; Health, Sustainability and The Built Environment; and Evidence Based Design: A Process for Research and Writing. He has also authored two monographs, Americans with Disabilities Act and The Elderly Population and Designs that Protect: Incorporating Culturally Diverse Perspectives in Long-Term Care Facilities. He was also a host of a television pilot for TLC (The Learning Chanel) and hosted a second television pilot produced by Baja Posse Movies.
Dak was invited by the Costa Rican National Congress' of Medicine and Engineering to discuss the role of Design and Health, testified before the California State Senate on issues of Environmental Health, has been appointed by the governor of Hawaii to sit on the Hawaii Regional Planning Council, has been invited to present on the future of design at the IDA (International Design Alliance) Congress in Taiwan, invited to present at a TEDx conference, and is a member of ASID's Distinguished Speakers.