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Nate Kipnis

Kipnis Architecture + Planning

We sat down with Nathan Kipnis, Founder & Principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning to ask him about his 35+ years of experience with sustainable and environmentally conscious structures.

Kipnis Architecture + Planning specializes in a wide range of environmentally responsive residential and commercial projects. Their work includes award-winning architectural designs, sustainable community planning, seamless additions, and full historic restorations combining aesthetics with cutting-edge mechanical systems that maximize energy efficiency while maintaining a structure’s distinctive vintage character.

Check out some of Kipnis’ recent projects here! 

When did you know that you had an interest in building/design?

The funny (but true!) story is that when I was 6 years old, I was watching Bozo’s Circus on WGN.  When a kid got selected for the ‘Grand Prize Game’, they asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.  I thought I better figure that out in case on was on the show and they selected me.  So… it was architect, because of the Lego’s and Lincoln Logs I loved to play with.

What is your “dream project”?

Any project where I can produce a perfect solution for the client’s needs and can get the architecture and technology to seamlessly merge, creating a super high performance, energy efficient home.  My firm has a name for that – ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’.

Is there a new technology that you’re excited to use in the future?

Yes, batteries.  Just like when Benjamin was told about ‘Plastics’ in The Graduate, the future is in batteries.  They will be game changers for renewable energy, efficient buildings, and transportation. They are the thing that will revolutionize the utility industry.

Who would you consider a hero or someone you have a great respect for in your field?

Architects like Keck and Keck, who in the early 1940’s began experimenting with solar design for homes.  They were so far ahead of their time.

What do you think will be the biggest change in sustainable building/design in the next 20 years?

Keeping politics out of the equation and letting common sense break through.  I think it is pretty obvious what needs to be done, but there are too many special interest groups that are entrenched in keeping things the way they are – oil companies, utilities, large agriculture firms, etc.

Contact the Kipnis team through their website for all of your sustainable building needs!


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