Principal – Kipnis Architecture + Planning
Nathan Kipnis’ architectural work has been widely published both locally and nationally. He has received several awards and distinctions including recently being honored with a 2011 Green Award from Chicago Magazine (nominated by Stanley Tigerman and others), having his design built for the ‘Green Homes for Chicago’ international design competition and having his Sturgeon Bay Vacation Home being awarded ‘Home of the Decade’ from Natural Home Magazine.
Mr. Kipnis has been instrumental in helping to development the idea of an offshore wind farm off of Evanston’s shoreline, whose concept received a Design Evanston Urban Design/Planning award. Additionally, he is currently serving on the Chicago AIA’s Committee on the Environment, helping to produce a carbon tracking tool to assist architects in their effort to meet the AIA’s 2030 Commitment.
Nathan Kipnis’ interest in energy efficient design started during the 1973 energy crisis. In 1983, when just 22 years old, Mr. Kipnis’ designed his first solar home, located in Boulder, CO.
Nathan Kipnis also lectures extensively on topics related to green architectural design, historically derived climatically based architectural design, peak oil and renewable energy.