BAC Director of Design for Human Health Selected as panelist at BUILDEX Calgary

Growing trend of health and wellness design addressed at international conference

Dak Kopec

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Dak Kopec, Director of Design for Human Health at the BAC, has been selected as a panelist the 2015 BUILDEX Conference on November 5 in Calgary, Canada.

Dak will participate in the featured Interior Design Keynote Panel Presentation, focusing on designing for health and wellness. The panel will investigate emerging innovation and evidence-based research on how to design spaces specifically to support the health and wellness of the people who work in them.

"It is an honor to be selected as a panelist in this conference alongside leading professionals in the industry," said Dak. "The movement toward health and well being within the design fields is very exciting, and it is equally exciting to see how strong Canada's building industry has embraced the movement."

Dak will participate on the panel alongside Lisa Fulford-Roy, Senior Vice President, Marketing Principal, Client Strategy, HOK; Dedre Toker, Principal, Interiors, Toker & Associates; and Liz Watson, Coordinator of Workplace Solutions, City of Calgary. The panel will be moderated by Susan Wiggins, CEO, Interior Designers of Canada.

The BAC launched the Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (MDS-DHH) in the School of Design Studies in fall 2014. The program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills related to the design of landscapes and the built environment for the explicit purpose of preserving human health.

The MDS-DHH at the BAC is delivered in a low-residency, online format, which allows students to maintain full-time employment while specializing in the growing field of human health and wellness design.

Dak previously participated on this panel at the BUILDEX conference in Vancouver, Canada in February 2015. The increasing number of conference presentations and panels that focus on designing for health and wellness symbolizes the field's growing trend.