Kari A. Nystrom, P.E., LEED® AP BD+C, CPHC®


Kari Nystrom joined Altieri in 1988. She is the first electrical engineer at Altieri with formal education in building environmental engineering with a specialty in lighting and electrical systems design. In addition to leading one of Altieri’s five design studios, she undertakes special assignments in architectural lighting design and control. Kari’s exemplary project administration skills are particularly valuable for large-scale multi-phase programs such as The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, as well as master-planning and infrastructure projects such as the many she has directed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City over the past 16 years.

Kari’s expertise is widely admired in the industry and is the underpinning of the long-standing relationships she has developed with Altieri’s clients. She has lectured in systems integration at Yale University Graduate School of Architecture and regularly serves as a critic for review of Penn State Architectural Engineering Senior lighting and electrical theses. She is also a member of the Architectural Engineering Institute and serves on the Architectural Engineering Professional Licensure Exam Committee.

When not designing architectural lighting or complex electrical solutions, or developing Altieri’s up-and-coming staff, Kari can be found in University Park, PA, tailgating and shouting “We Are” at Penn State football games.


  • – 11 West 126th Street, Harlem Passive House, New York, NY
  • – American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth & Space, New York, NY
  • – Bates College, Kalperis and Chu Halls, Lewiston, ME
  • – Brown University, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI
  • – Eastern Connecticut State University, Fine Arts Instructional Center, Willimantic, CT
  • – International Center of Photography, New York, NY
  • – Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
  • – Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • – National Museum of American History, Washington DC
  • – Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington DC
  • – The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA
  • – The Spence School, New York, NY
  • – The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
  • – United States Golf Association, Far Hills, NJ
  • – University of Connecticut, Fine Arts Instructional Center, Storrs, CT
  • – Williams College, Stetson Library, Williamstown, MA


Kari A. Nystrom profile