see 'working with communities' in our portfolio

working in communities

Developing positive ideas for change through working with residential, business and institutional communities is central to our work. We approach our work with distinct principles and methods but without preconceived ideas of outcomes. Our work in Glasgow, across Northern Ireland and in many other places embodies this.

working with streets

We have worked on alternative approaches to street design since 2004 in Renfrew town centre. With the Scottish Government's Designing Streets advice, many Councils and communities are keen to change the way streets are used. Our work in Kirkwall, Leven and Inverness represents positive change.

see 'working with heritage' in our portfolio

working with heritage

We work to make the most of heritage assets, especially through Townscape Heritage projects most recently in Stranraer, Kirkwall, Fraserburgh and Inverness. We look particularly at the street design aspects of this work, providing a more comfortable pedestrian environment and a better setting for important buildings.

see 'working with industry' in our portfolio

working with industry

Industry and renewables are critical components of Scotland's future. We have worked recently with public agencies and the private sector on practical projects for the future, including a renewables pier development framework at Stromness, a proposed O+M base at Buckie and a new industry park at Dalgety Bay.

what we do

conceptual, strategic and development work in urbanism, strategic design, tourism, heritage and spatial planning

with whom

communities, agencies and individuals who provide value to civic society through improving quality of life, economy and environment


from city regions, sub-regions, cities, towns and neighbourhoods to rural areas and countryside, villages, hamlets, sites, plots and gardens


we work across the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, geography, landscape, economics and social sciences

recent work


Prestwick Town Centre Charrette

Summary: In December 2015, South Ayrshire Council commissioned a team led by Willie Miller Urban Design to provide the expertise and organisation to facilitate and deliver the Prestwick Town Centre Charrette. The core team was WMUD, Icecream Architecture, Kevin Murray Associates and Yellow Book with support from Lingo Flamingo, Vivienne Brown and Lucy Payne. Background: […]


Erskine Town Centre Charrette

The “new community” of Erskine, dating from 1970, was originally conceived to have 30,000 residents with schools, community facilities, businesses, a harbour and a town centre. Forty-five years after the first houses were built, many elements of the original plan have materialised yet Erskine needs to continue to evolve to the meet the changing needs […]


Remaking Rothesay Charrette

Summary: In March 2016 WMUD was part of a team led by Icecream Architecture, including Nick Wright Planning, tasked with delivering a Planning Charrette for Rothesay. Funding for this project was from the Scottish Government, SURF and Mount Stewart on behalf of the Alliance for Action. The Charrette process was focused on delivering projects and […]


Curating OfHouses: Morris and Steedman

Introduction In late 2015, I was invited by Daniel Tudor Munteanu to curate a three-week contribution to OfHouses, a daily updated collection of old forgotten houses. OfHouses is approaching its fiftieth curation and has featured a fascinating range of buildings gathered together by some of the most interesting practitioners, academics and commentators on architecture over […]