From raking leaves into floor plans as a teenager to being nominated as Cape & Plymouth Business’s 40 Under 40’s, Krista Manna’s success has been meteoric. Join us today as we talk to Krista (architect, property developer and flipper, and interior designer) about what inspires her, and how she started working in this industry. We hear her advice to young architects choosing between joining a big firm or going it alone, and how her parents’ careers influenced her choices. Find out why Krista is so motivated to include disability-access design in all her projects and how from the pain of losing her mother came something fantastic. We discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the retail industry, and how corporate design now requires so much more than simple desk space. Don’t miss out on this inspiring episode!
Sn. 3, #17 Krista Manna: The Future of Architecture and Interior Design
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
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Krista Manna is the owner and principal at KR Architecture & Interiors (https://www.krarch.com/), an architectural firm that she launched in 2017. She additionally has her own construction division, purchasing and renovating properties that she turns around for sale.
Krista has more than 15 years of experience in the design industry including residential, corporate interiors, technology and retail. Over her career, she has helped design for clients including Google, Bank of America, TD Bank, Pearson Education, and Drexel and Binghamton Universities. KR Architecture & Interiors works with both residential and commercial clients, from upscale historical renovations to commercial office building designs.
In addition she manages a number of rental properties in Massachusetts and in New York State.
Prior to launching KR Architecture & Interiors, Krista was an architect at Bergmeyer, and Job Captain/BIM Leader at Nelson. She is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Krista’s entrepreneurial excellence was recently recognized when she was awarded the “40 under 40” designation from Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine, which recognizes up and coming business leaders.
A resident of Abington, she served on that town’s SAGE Committee (Saving Abington with Green Energy), as a project manager. Her efforts on this committee led to the town’s securing Green Community Status, enabling the community to receive state grants for energy efficiency improvements.
In addition to her work for the Town, her other community contributions include volunteer work at her church, the First Baptist Church of Abington, where she is the psalm/song leader and has also served on the church’s Board of Education as Chairperson.
Some of her favorite pastimes include driving her kids around, DIY projects, knitting, crochet, crafting, gardening, soapmaking, homesteading and camping.