Best of 2019 Award - Best Architect in Chicago
Better Magazine

14th Annual Emerald Award - Emerald Award for Individual Leadership
Illinois Green Alliance

Nathan Kipnis FAIA, was honored with the Emerald Award for Individual Leadership for his long-time commitment to advancing sustainability within the built environment. His commitment to carbon drawdown action is reflected not only in the award-winning homes he designs but in his work as a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the green building movement. Nate is advancing sustainability at many different scales, from his role locally in helping craft the Evanston Climate Action Plan, to helping pass the Lake Michigan Wind Energy Act, to serving as a founding member and current national co-chair of the AIA’s 2030 Commitment.


LEED Platinum Certification
1426 Mulford, Evanston, IL
(1st LEED Platinum home in Evanston)


Design Evanston Excellence Award - Addition
1300 Church Street | Evanston

Design Evanston Excellence Award - Addition
2413 Payne Street Green Bungalow  | Evanston


Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA)

Highland Park Preservation Award
588 Sheridan Road | Highland Park

Design Evanston Excellence Award - Interior Design
Craftjack Offices | Evanston

Evanston Preservation Award - Sensitive Addition
Green Bungalow | Evanston


Blue Ribbon Award (LEED Platinum Home)
Friends of the Chicago River


LEED Platinum Certification
(1st LEED Platinum home on the Northshore)
LEED Platinum Home | Glencoe


Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission Preservation Award
New Construction category -  LEED Platinum Home |  370 Washington Avenue, Glencoe

2011 Green Award (Article - Video)
Chicago Magazine

Evanston Preservation & Design Award - Sensitive Addition/Alteration
City of Evanston, 2305 Hartrey, Evanston


Presidential Citiation
Service on the 2030 Challenge Committee - Chicago AIA

Design Evanston Excellence Award - Urban Design/Planning
'Evanston Offshore Windfarm'


Reader’s Choice – Home of the Decade,
Natural Home Magazine, Vernacular Vacation Home, Sturgeon Bay, WI


‘Wall of Fame’ Suite Sixteen
i4Design Magazine, Chicago

Evanston Preservation & Design Award - Sensitive Addition/Alteration
2039 Orrington, Evanston

Good Neighbor Award
Chicago Association of Realtors, 801/807 St. John’s Avenue, Highland Park


Environmental Stewardship Award
Environment Board, City of Evanston


Evanston Preservation Award - Sensitive Addition
1837 Asbury Residence, Evanston

Evanston Preservation Award - Sensitive Addition
2514 Jackson Residence, Evanston


Honorable Mention - Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design
City of Chicago DOE, ‘Green Homes for Chicago’, 646 W.Englewood, Chicago

Evanston Preservation Award - Sensitive Addition
1112 Hinman Residence, Evanston


Design Evanston Excellence Award
Clybourn Financial Building, 2930 Central Street, Evanston


'Green Homes for Chicago' Selection
City of Chicago  |   Department of the Environment


Evanston Preservation Award - Rehabilitation
2208 Wesley Avenue Residence, Evanston

Evanston Preservation Award - Neighborhood Revitalization
Bills Finer Foods, Evanston


Honorable Mention – Burnham Prize Competition
Chicago Architectural Club, Burnham Prize Competition, Chicago


Chicago Reader selection for 1st Place – ‘The Seasonal Awakening’
Alternate Visions: Chicago