Nathan Kipnis

Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, is the principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning, recognized as one of Chicago’s premier sustainable architectural practices. The firm specializes in highly integrated sustainable designs for residential, restaurant, office and airport facilities.

Mr. Kipnis received his Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Energy Conscious Design from Arizona State University in 1985 and his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983.   

He currently serves on both the Chicago and National AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group, helping to promote the benefits of the Commitment though extensive lectures and webinars.  Mr. Kipnis was also a member of the Civil Society Institute, an environmental think tank based in Cambridge, MA.

A founding board member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Mr. Kipnis provided extensive pro bono work developing the concept of the Evanston offshore wind park. 

Additionally, he was one of 25 environmental ‘Giants’ in the 2016 documentary ‘Green Giants’.  Furthermore, Mr. Kipnis lectures frequently on topics related to sustainable design and renewable energy, and his opinions and projects have been extensively sought for publication.


Barry Sylvester established Sylvester Construction Services, Inc. with a commitment to build custom homes and renovations that combine highest quality and owner enjoyment, and highest long-term value. Barry holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Building Construction Management from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. He has been in the construction industry for 25+ years and has extensive trade experience in mechanical, carpentry and structural construction.

Scott Byron

Scott Byron, ASLA, PLA is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Scott Byron & Co., Inc., a leading Chicago-area landscape architecture, construction and maintenance firm. The company is widely known for creating and developing unique garden landscapes for luxury market properties in locations ranging primarily from Chicago’s Gold Coast to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. While the bulk of the company’s projects are centered on residential homes, it has also garnered recognition for building public gardens, most notably the English Walled Garden and the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the healing garden at JourneyCare hospice facility.

Mr. Byron’s designs have been featured in Architectural Digest, LUXE Magazine, Chicago Magazine and many other publications. His company has won numerous state and national design and installation awards from Associated Landscape Organization of America, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects.

He served on the Board of Directors and was President of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, and was a member of the Highland Park Design Review Commission. 

Mr. Byron received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois in 1977, and also holds an Organizational Behavior Management Certificate from Harvard University.

Joe Barrett