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



Kari Nystrom joined Altieri in 1988 upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts Education in Architectural Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. 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
  • 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
  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT
  • MIT Met Warehouse, Cambridge, MA
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA
  • The Obama Presidential Center, Chicago, IL
  • 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