Kipnis Architecture + Planning Open New Office in Boulder

Nathan Kipnis, FAIA is principal at Evanston, Ill.-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning.

Kipnis Architecture + Planning of Evanston, Ill. is expanding beyond the Chicago area to open a new office in Boulder. The new office in downtown Boulder opened Jan. 1, 2020 and will serve clients in and around Colorado.

Nathan Kipnis, principal at the firm, earned his degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1983 and, while there, designed his first green residence. Today, Kipnis is now one of the nation’s leaders in sustainable architecture and design, recently receiving a leadership award from the Illinois Green Alliance and completing a two-year term as the national co-chair of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment Working Group.

Passionate about decarbonizing homes in the face of climate change – he calls his approach High Design/Low Carbon™ – Kipnis has traveled to Boulder extensively and recognized growing interest there from homeowners in building and renovating homes for greater sustainability.

In addition to his work at Kipnis Architecture + Design in Evanston and now in Boulder, Kipnis is co-founder of NextHaus Alliance, a collaborative team of experts that builds beautiful and inspiring environments for homeowners who share this vision. He is also staying on as the most senior member of the AIA 2030 Commitment Working Group.

The timing is right for this westward addition for Kipnis Architecture + Planning. “It’s been a remarkable, transformative time, as people are seeking ways to meet the needs of the environment as well as their own lifestyles. We’re looking forward to the ‘mountain high’ version of High Design/Low Carbon,” Kipnis says.

Kipnis also provides sustainable, resilient design for commercial structures that are important in creating a more sustainable ecosystem. For a gallery of the firm’s residential and commercial work, visit

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