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Dak Kopec, Ph.D.

San Diego, CA, United States

Associate Professor of Design

Member since May 22, 2007

David Alan Kopec “DAK” has a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology with a concentration in perception and design and two master’s degrees, one in Architecture and another in Community Psychology. He also has a bachelor’s degree in community/public health, is certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), a member of Interior Design Education Council (IDEC), and studied the practice and principles of Feng Shui in China.

Among DAK’s most notable accomplishments include the completion of the first textbook on environmental psychology for design, published by Fairchild Books, which won ASID’s 2006 Joel Polsky Prize. He has also authored two monographs; the first analyzes the Americans with Disabilities Act along with the common issues faced by an elderly population, published by ASID. The second monograph discusses the design of long-term care facilities in a multicultural society. This is being published by NCIDQ. Currently DAK is working on a second textbook that analyzes health, sustainability and design. Fairchild Books will release this book in the Spring of 2008. Also, DAK is a 2006 award recipient from Rebuilding Together San Diego.

DAK is an Associate Professor of Design at the Newschool of Architecture and Design. In addition, DAK has a private practice, provides consulting services and educational lectures at events such as Neo-Con World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, the annual leadership conference for the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID), and dozens of physician conferences and meetings.

IDEC-Interior Designer’s Education Council EDRA-Environmental Design and Research Association SDRAC- San Diego Regional Asthma Coalition San Diego County Obesity Task Force

Environmental Psychology and Design

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design