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Department: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


  • B.S., Architectural Engineering
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (Construction Management)

Allen J. Murphree is an Instructor and Student Relations Manager in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 1990, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University, located in Marietta, Georgia. He is a Certified Engineer Intern with the Georgia State Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. After graduation, he worked in Georgia as an architectural designer for a large residential development company.

In 1991, Murphree joined a Birmingham civil and environmental consulting engineering firm, which offers engineering services to municipal and county governments. There he used his engineering education to successfully design large site development projects, storm water drainage systems, various utility systems, water and wastewater treatment plants, industrial parks, building facilities, solid waste landfills, roadways, and several Alabama Department of Transportation projects. In addition to design, he also worked as the firm’s Construction Service Manager, providing contractor oversight, construction observation and construction management duties to protect client-owners during construction.

In 2009, Murphree became a company vice president and was appointed as the secretary of the board, giving him an opportunity to take on a larger leadership role and more business duties. In 2012, he completed his Master of Engineering degree in Construction Engineering Management from UAB. The CEM concentration provided him with the knowledge to manage more effectively, enhanced his strategic problem-solving techniques, and improved his business skills to better address daily financial, legal, and risk issues.

In addition to his engineering work, Murphree is a co-owner of a Birmingham residential design firm, which was incorporated in year 2001. He is the executive member and chief architectural designer for all custom home and remodeling projects. He is an Alabama Licensed Contractor and Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD).

After dedicating over 24 years to the civil engineering, construction management, and architectural fields, Murphree brings his education and work experiences to the classroom. He began his UAB career in 2014. Currently, he is the primary instructor of the Construction Project Risk Management, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Primavera P6 Project Scheduling and Control courses. In addition to teaching, Murphree provides educational and technical support to students, instructors, professors, and program directors.