June 2018


Brian Murphy

With a passion for ecological justice and sustainability, Brian Murphy, P.E., began his career working in water education in South America. Now, after nearly 20 years in the water resources consulting field, Brian has joined Otak in Denver, Colorado. He will direct our water and natural resources business throughout Colorado, pursuing new business opportunities, advising staff on standards of practice and emerging trends, and managing large projects and programs.

Brian has managed and executed freshwater ecosystem restoration, watershed studies, and floodplain resiliency projects across the U.S. and internationally, leveraging his multidisciplinary experience and expertise. As a subject matter expert, he is skilled at conveying technical and policy information related to river engineering and floodplain management.

“I joined Otak because it is a unique consulting firm,” said Brian. “Otak values sustainability, social equity, and community involvement. Also, as a long-time Subaru owner, this analogy resonated with me: ‘if Otak were a car, it would most likely be a Subaru: adventurous and dependable, but also fun with a loyal and spirited following.’ I am excited to help lead Colorado Water and Natural Resources and collaborate with a team that is passionate about innovation and being thought leaders in the water resources field.

“We are delighted that Brian has joined Otak’s Colorado operations,” said Pete Loris, Otak vice president and leader of the Otak Colorado team. “His expertise in urban drainage and floodplain management perfectly complements the strong river and stream restoration capabilities of our Water and Natural Resources team. Brian also brings strong business management and team leadership abilities, which will help Otak Colorado grow through expanded service offerings for our clients.”

Pursuing a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, Brian’s research is focused on the nexus among river restoration, water quality, and environmental regulations. Brian is a professional engineer in four states; a professional hydrologist; a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer; a certified Project Management Professional; an EnvisionTM Sustainability Professional; and a certified floodplain manager. He holds an M.S. in environmental science and engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Otak, Inc. is an award-winning architecture, urban design, engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm specializing in transit, residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use developments; regional planning; public works; and civic, institutional, and recreational projects. Otak has offices in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona. 

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