Evanston-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning is marking its 20th anniversary today.

Founded in 1993 by its principal, Nathan Kipnis, AIA, the award-winning design firm is one of the Chicago area’s premier green & sustainable architectural practices. It has offices at 1642 Payne St.

The firm’s work ranges from high end residential commissions, historic renovations and site specific vacation homes, to commercial work including offices, restaurants, retail spaces and aviation facility planning.

A particular expertise is the architectural integration of passive solar & other climatic design solutions.

Recent highlights of the firm’s work include a modern, net zero home in Chicago, the North Shore’s first LEED Platinum home, located in Glencoe, and the design of an eco-camp in West Virginia.

Nathan Kipnis is a Chicago Magazine ‘Green Award’ recipient, and has been honored with numerous awards for both new and historic renovation work. The Sturgeon Bay green vacation was designated ‘Home of the Decade’ by Natural Home Magazine.

Kipnis also serves on the board of directors for Citizens’ Greener Evanston, and was instrumental in moving forward the concept of the offshore wind park adjacent to Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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