Our Story

To be a client-centric, integrated design practice, locally rooted with a global reach; where visionary and passionate professionals collaborate to design the future.

  • To be broadly embedded in our communities
  • To be engaged in meaningful and memorable works
  • To be recognized and rewarded for our efforts and accomplishments


Otak values the trust placed in us by our clients, communities, and employees, and seeks to be:

  • Trusted by our clients to provide project leadership and integrated design, and to successfully navigate the process for projects of all sizes
  • Trusted by the community to provide solutions rich in social and environmental equity
  • Trusted by our employees to encourage and support their professional development and growth


In 1981, in the midst of a serious recession, Otak’s founders set out to create the region’s premier multidisciplinary design firm. Now, celebrating over 30 years of success and our strategic partnership with Korea’s HanmiGlobal, our clients and partners have recognized Otak’s excellence as an integrated design firm helping clients build livable cities and sustainable communities. Today, hundreds of designers, planners and engineers worldwide continue that original mission, collaborating to write the next chapter in Otak’s history.