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



Kari Nystrom joined Altieri in 1988 after receiving her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. 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.


  • American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  • Bates College, Kalperis and Chu Halls, Lewiston, ME
  • Brant Foundation, New York, NY
  • Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn, NY 
  • Brown University, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI
  • The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Fine Arts Instructional Center, Willimantic, CT
  • Friends Seminary, New York, NY
  • Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Horace Mann School, Pforzheimer Hall, Bronx, NY
  • Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
  • The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  • MIT Met Warehouse, Cambridge, MA
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden, New Orleans, LA
  • The Obama Presidential Center, Chicago, IL
  • Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, NY
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Old Main, University Park, PA
  • Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington DC
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Washingon DC
  • The Spence School, New York, NY
  • United States Golf Association, Far Hills, NJ
  • University of Connecticut, Fine Arts Instructional Center, Storrs, CT
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, South College, Amherst, MA
  • Wildflower Studios, Astoria, NY
  • Williams College, Stetson Hall and Sawyer Library, Williamstown, MA