Daniel Kopec

Daniel Kopec

Glen Ridge, NJ, US



With over a decade of professional experience, I seek challenging opportunities and problems that require creative solutions.  I believe in the inseparability of detail and design and enjoy taking a design idea into built form.


Daniel Kopec Architects LLC, Glen Ridge, NJ, US, Principal

Principal of a small architecture firm with expertise in high-performance environmental design, historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Projects span residential, commercial and institutional market sectors in New Jersey and New York.

Jan 2013 - current

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) / Center for Building Knowledge, Newark, NJ, Research Architect / Adjunct Professor

Coordinator of the 1st year undergraduate design studios, overseeing 12-16 faculty members and 200 students.

Coordinator of the Building Science and Environmental Control Systems courses for the Bachelor of Architecture degree program.

In my research capacity, I have worked on several projects that focus on energy efficiency of commercial and institutional facilities, including work with the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (A DOE Initiative).

Sep 2008 - Jan 2013

Guerin Glass Architects, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Architect / Project Manager

At Guerin Glass Architects, I worked on several high-rise residential and hospitality projects in resort settings such as Honolulu and Baja California, Mexico. As a core member of a small studio, I often managed multiple aspects of a project and oversaw the junior staff while assisting in new marketing efforts, proposals, and feasibility studies. I also directed all competition efforts in which the firm engaged.

Jan 2005 - Dec 2009

Self / DJK Furniture, New York, NY, US, Owner

For several years I operated a custom furniture design and fabrication company. With a small workshop in New Jersey, we designed and built furniture for Manhattan interior design firms. I also designed a line of furniture that was debuted at the International Furniture Fair in 2003, featured in Interior Design Magazine, and went on to production in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jan 2003 - Jan 2006

Santiago Calatrava, New York, NY, US, Architectural Staff

While at Santiago Calatrava's office, my work focused primarily on the World Trade Center Transit Hub. As one of the first four people in his New York office, I developed Mr. Calatrava's design intentions for the facility and coordinated with the project team at large.

Dec 2004 - Dec 2005

Perkins&Will, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

While at Perkins + Will, I worked primarily in the Education and Science + Technology Studios. I worked on all phases of a project from conceptual development through construction administration. I served as the lead designer for the Lehman College Science Facility, a 170,000 sf teaching + research building that pursued a LEED NC-Gold Rating.

May 2001 - Dec 2004


Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, MArch, Architecture

My studies focused on tectonics, and ranged from small scale industrial design through large scale urban planning exercises. My thesis project, entitled Category IV: A Catastrophe-resistant Neoteric Coastal Typology was a research investigation into strategies designed to mitigate and resist the devastation of large-scale natural disasters.

Sep 1999 - May 2001

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Magna Cum Laude graduate of the School of Architecture and the Albert Dorman Honors College.

Additionally, I earned a minor in Theatre Arts through the joint degree program between NJIT and Rutgers.

Sep 1994 - May 1999

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