Kristin Novak

Kristin Novak, IIDA, LEED Green Associate

Detailing is how we can really capture an idea and shape it into reality. It’s exciting to have a positive and lasting effect with something that I created.


  • 8 Years of Experience
  • Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts and History of Art & Architecture; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Master of Fine Arts, Interior Design; The George Washington University; Washington, DC
  • Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
  • USGBC - LEED Green Associate

Kristin’s athletic interests

I was (and still am) a swimmer. I swam competitively from age seven through college at the University of Pittsburgh and even took a year after I graduated to continue swimming towards the 2008 US Olympic Trials. I was a two-time Big East conference champion in the 200 freestyle, qualified for the NCAA championships twice, and retired after the Olympic Trials ranked 69th in the world in my top event and top 100 in the world in two others. Now I swim just to stay in shape because it turns out I’m not really good at athletic endeavors that take place on land. I still swim three to four times a week because it helps me relax and clear my mind.

Swimming Goggles

Kristin’s Favorite Vacation

I recently returned from a cruise to Bermuda and absolutely enjoyed every aspect of it. I’m a water person (clearly), so I loved watching the ocean each day and the way it looked different at every moment – constantly changing in the sunlight and wind. When I stepped foot on Bermuda, I instantly knew it was the kind of place where I would be comfortable.

Favorite food

I can eat mounds and mounds of pasta. As a former swimmer, pasta was my fuel source and I just can’t give it up even now! I just have to eat less of it...

Things that help Kristin relax

Wine, friends, good food, music—and more wine!

Pasta noodles

Unexpected events

When living in DC, unexpected events were a regular occurrence—like a car on fire (and blocking several lanes of traffic) at least four days a week or that you have to check traffic before heading to the grocery store or church! Although we quickly realized big city living was not for us, my husband and I stuck it out for a couple of years and gained experience that we knew we wouldn’t get anywhere else. We have great memories, friends, and experiences for which I am very thankful, but I am happy to be back in Pennsylvania now.

Kristin’s favorite aspects of RLPS

RLPS just clicked for me. I’ve come to realize that the job I do here is very impactful on the people in our communities and what I do touches many people. I instantly felt at home with RLPS and it is that comfort and the relationships I have built that bring me true joy. We could be designing brown paper bags and I would still love working at RLPS because of the people. As firm partner, Gregg Scott always says, 'it’s all about people'.