The Evanston History Center Presents: “The Future Has Arrived! Designing Evanston’s First Platinum LEED Home,” a presentation by architect Nathan Kipnis, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25

A wine and appetizer reception starts at 6:30PM. Doors open at 6:30PM. The event takes place at the Evanston History Center, in the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL

Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, architect of Evanston’s first LEED Platinum home, will discuss the challenges involved with creating this uniquely designed home that uses 75% less energy than a standard home. Mr. Kipnis will also speak about his evolving philosophy for sustainable and resilient design, at both the building and community scale. Mr. Kipnis’ body of design work has consistently looked to the future by starting with a thorough understanding of how historic buildings responded climatically to their context, and then integrating modern technology and design concepts to create ultra high efficiency buildings.  

Mr. Kipnis’ practice, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, is based in Evanston and is celebrating its 25th year.  His architectural work has been extensively published locally and nationally.  He currently serves on the AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group, helping architects design to Net Zero energy and carbon levels by 2030, and he just concluded serving on the City of Evanston’s Climate Action Plan Working Group. Mr. Kipnis was a founding board member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston and was the driving force for the Evanston Offshore Wind Farm concept.  He helped write Evanston’s original green building ordinance, and was a design and technology consultant for the ‘House by Northwestern’ Solar Decathlon entry. 

Reservations Recommended: Make a reservation online at or by emailing

Admission: $10, payable at the door. EHC Members free. EHC membership information and sign-up available online and at the event.

This event provides 2 CPDU credits for Illinois educators and teachers.