Nathan Kipnis, AIA, LEED BD+C

Kipnis Architecture + Planning
1642 Payne Street
Evanston, IL  60201
847 864-9650
Nathan Kipnis has been principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning (KAP) since 1993.  KAP is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier green & sustainable architectural practices. Their work encompasses a broad range of architectural types, ranging from high performance residential projects and restaurant/retail designs to aviation facilities.

Mr. 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), having his design built for the ‘Green Homes for Chicago’ international design competition and having his Sturgeon Bay Vacation Home awarded ‘Home of the Decade’ from Natural Home Magazine.

Nathan Kipnis also lectures extensively on topics related to green architectural design, historically derived climatically based architectural design and renewable energy. Mr. Kipnis has been an invited speaker at numerous venues including being one of the keynote speakers at the Mother Earth News Fair, and at Northwestern University, the Chicago AIA, Archeworks, GreenBuild, The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and the Center for Green Technology in Chicago.

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.

For the past several years, Mr. Kipnis has been Illinois’ representative at the Civil Society Institute’s annual American Clean Energy Agenda’s leadership council which has been helping local organizers move their communities away from dirty and dangerous extractive power fuels and towards a clean energy future. 

Presentation Topics:
1.  Green Building & Energy Efficiency – ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’
2.  Sustainable Options for Residential Cooling
3.  Building a Smart Grid One Sustainable Plug at a Time
4. A History of Architectural Energy Design
5. Thoughts on Green Homes, Sustainable Communities and Offshore Wind


Master of Architecture – Emphasis: Energy Conscious Design – 1985
Arizona State University, Tempe
Bachelor of Environmental Design – 1983 University of Colorado, Boulder


Board of Directors – 2010 to current
Co-Chair – Renewable Energy Committee – 2008 to current
Citizens Greener Evanston
AIA 2030 Committee – 2010 to current AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment