Kipnis Architecture + Planning

High Design / Low Carbon


Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, LEED BD+C

Founded in 1993, Kipnis Architecture + Planning (KAP) has long been recognized as one of Chicago’s premier sustainable architectural practices.  Our ability to creatively integrate great design with the highest level of sustainability is renowned nationally.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality architectural services, based on our commitment to creative design, technical excellence and attention to detail. Each project is looked at as a unique challenge, matched to a specific site and the client’s requirements. Rather than emulating a specific design style, the architectural style organically develops during the design process as a consequence of site specifics, as well as design and sustainability goals.  We are equally adept at contemporary and historical based designs. 
Kipnis Architecture + Planning is guided by the idea that architectural design excellence need not be sacrificed for principles of sustainability.  Rather, we believe green design expands the possibilities for innovative architectural forms, construction methods and the use of materials.
As an early signatory to the AIA’s 2030 Commitment, we are dedicated to significantly reducing each building’s CO2 emissions.  To accomplish this goal, designs are reviewed throughout the process to best utilize green materials, advanced construction methods, and energy efficiency techniques.  This total systems integration helps to reduce the environmental impact of the building through its entire life cycle.  We can conduct a carbon footprint analysis of the design on behalf of the client.