Born in Huron, South Dakota and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, beginning in 1955 he studied at Illinois Institute of Technology under famed landscape architect Alfred Caldwell.
He then moved to the office of Mies van der Rohe, where he worked from 1957 to 1960. In 1963, while working for New York developer Hartnett-Shaw, Inc., he began studies for what would become Lake Point Tower in collaboration with John Heinrich, an IIT classmate.
In 1970 he formed Schipporeit, Inc., and realized several significant high-rise buildings, including the State Bank and Rotary International Buildings in Evanston. In 1980 he became Chairman of the Department of Architecture at IIT, and later served twice as Dean of the College of Architecture.
After 1990, he continued at IIT as an Associate Professor, and taught until his death. Continuing his lifelong interest in urban design and planning, in the early 2000s he established IIT’s Sustainable New Cities Specialization, a masters degree program of which he was Director.
He won many awards, including an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award (1970) for Lake Point Tower, and the AIA’s Chicago Chapter 25-Year Award, also for Lake Point Tower, which honors “design of enduring significance.”
Beloved husband of Alice Schipporeit, née Butler; loving father of John Beyer, Heidi (Greg) Peterson, Leslie Beyer, Marta, and the late Gregg Schipporeit; proud grandfather of Elizabeth Cornwell and Emily (Cameron) Jones; uncle of Kevin and George Meyer; brother of the Elaine (Al) Meyer and the late Dale Schipporeit; son of the late George and Ida Schipporeit.