Heidi Kippenhan

Heidi Kippenhan  |
AIA, Leed BD+C

Senior Associate

Heidi is inspired by architecture’s ability to offer a sense of place for users through a unified and artistic expression. The daily activities and logical design process of architecture brought her from Pelli Clarke Pelli in New York City to, eventually, Duda|Paine. Within the firm, she engages in its collaborative studio culture and common sense of purpose to form well-designed buildings and spaces. Heidi’s background in Biology and Arts, with a Master of Architecture, infuses her work with thoughtful qualities of light, materials, texture and community.

From studying biology in the mountains surrounding the University of Colorado, Boulder, to living in a dense city, Heidi’s motivation to become an architect came from a desire to improve the relationship between the built and biological environment. She is a proud LEED Accredited Professional as part of her call to design responsibly with artistry and holistic thinking.

Heidi was previously on the AIA Board of Directors and served as a co-chair of the Cultural Facilities Committee programming events for the AIA NY Center for Architecture. She also mentored for the National Mentoring Program and worked with a low-income high school student in the Bronx for four years. Mentoring grew her perspective on the socio-economic variables that affect individuals and shape our cities and towns. She gained a vital understanding of the role institutional spaces and leaders have on the success of young residents.

Master of Architecture, Pratt University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Biology, University of Colorado Boulder