Nathan Kipnis

Kipnis Architecture + Planning

Nathan Kipnis is a fellow of the AIA and is principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning, recognized as one of Chicago’s premier sustainable architectural practices. The firm specializes in residential, restaurant, office and airport facility designs.

Mr. Kipnis received his Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Energy Conscious Design from Arizona State University in 1985 and his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983.   He has been strongly focused on energy efficient  architectural design prior to entering college, and designed his first solar home in Boulder in 1983 when he was just 21 years old.

Mr. Kipnis lectures frequently on topics related to sustainable design and renewable energy, and his opinions and projects have been extensively sought for publication. He was one of 25 environmental ‘Giants’ featured in the 2016 documentary ‘Green Giants’.  

Mr. Kipnis currently serves as the co-chairman of the AIA’s national 2030 Commitment Working Group, helping to promote the benefits of the Commitment though extensive lectures and webinars. 

NextHaus Alliance is a new, premium design/build concept lead by Mr. Kipnis to provide turnkey, ‘net zero’ sustainable and resiliently designed homes in the Chicagoland area.