Hello! I am Krista Atkins Nutter, Assistant Online Program Director for the Interior Design Program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. I just want to take a moment to introduce myself and my work. I have an AA in Art, a BA in Interior Design and an MS in Architecture. I have been practicing commercial interior design since 1996 in the Northern KY / Cincinnati area and been a professor since 2001. I have also been a sustainable design consultant and home designer since 2006. I have been with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Online Division since the Fall of 2003. My specialty is commercial design and architecture - primarily healthcare and corporate design. My interests include interior design, architecture, and industrial design, but my primary area of research is sustainability and green design. My husband and I have built an award-winning passive solar, sustainable home which has also been featured nationally in Environmental Design and Construction Magazine and the ASID NewsFlash newsletter, and locally in Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati/NKY Home Improvement Magazine, and the Green Energy Ohio newsletter. The home has a solar hot water heater, and a rainwater catchment system. It also produces its own electricity with a roof-mounted solar PV system. My hobbies include reading, writing, travel, supporting my children in their 3-sport-each insanity, and camping/RV-ing.

Work Samples

  • Nutter Green Home - exterior

  • Nutter Green Home - interior

  • Solar Residence

Work History

  • Site Visitor

    • Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
    • Aug 2011 - Present (4 years 3 months)

  • Sustainable Building Consultant / Interior Designer / Public Speaker

    • Krista Atkins Nutter, LEED AP, LLC
    • Jan 2006 - Present (9 years 10 months)

    Provide educational seminars and workshops on sustainable building; provide tours of Energy Star 5+ certified home; and provide sustainable guidance to commercial and residential clients.

  • Assistant Online Program Director, Professor

    • Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • Oct 2003 - Present (12 years 1 month)
  • Assistant Professor - Interior Design

    • Eastern Kentucky University
    • Aug 2001 - May 2003 (1 year 9 months)
  • Commercial Interior Designer

    • Arelt and Associates
    • Jan 2000 - Aug 2001 (1 year 7 months)
  • Healthcare Interior Designer

    • Champlin /Haupt Architects
    • Jul 1998 - Jan 2000 (1 year 6 months)
  • Interior Designer

    • Skip Alexander Architect
    • May 1996 - Jul 1998 (2 years 2 months)


  • University of Cincinnati

    • Master's of Science Architecture
    • 2001
  • Eastern Kentucky University

    • Bachelor of Arts Design
    • 1997
  • Jamestown Community College

    • Associate of Arts Humanities
    • 1994





2007 CIncinnati Sustainability Award from AIA COTE; 2008 Excellence in Design Awards from Environmental Design+Construction Magazine - Finalist