Willie Miller Urban Design is a Glasgow based practice focusing on the broad range of activities that shape our built environment

we bring together skills in strategic and urban design, community planning and place making

we use these to develop engaging and collaborative processes with public agencies, charities and communities to create better environments

what we do

conceptual, strategic and development work in urbanism, community plans, 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, social sciences, ecology and public health

core themes

strategy first

Regardless of scale, every plan or project needs to have a strategic purpose – why is it being considered, how will it perform, what is its function and context, what are the benefits of doing it? This is as relevant for a regional plan as for a town centre or small civic space. Developing appropriate strategies is a key part of our work on every project.

Clarkston Charrette

working with 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.

Kirkwall Placemaking Proposals

restructuring the civic realm

Every city, town or village has a network of civic assets that should be cherished, improved and sometimes re-invented. These might range from public buildings, parks, transport nodes or civic spaces to bus stops and benches. We can help communities to develop networks of these riches into catalysts for change.

Buckie Renewables Industry

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.

Approach to Academy Street, Inverness

new approaches to 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 while others are hesitant. Our work in Kirkwall, Leven and Inverness represents positive change.

Proposals for Broad Street, Kirkwall

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.

current work

We are currently working on the following projects:

Lane Strategy for Glasgow City Council

A strategy for the development and management of the City Centre’s lanes

Three Towns Charrette, Ayrshire

Creating a long-term vision, strategy and action plan for Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston

Design Futures Festival

Feasibility study of a South East Ireland Design Futures Festival for DCCoI and Fáilte Ireland

Annan High Street Improvements

Working with local communities to strengthening the civic and commercial core of the town


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clients and project locations

who we have worked with and where

recent work

Knockroon: a new neighbourhood and mixed use community

Willie Miller Urban Design was commissioned to coordinate and submit an outline planning application on behalf of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (TPFBE) for Knockroon near Cumnock in Ayrshire. The Prince’s Foundation see Knockroon as being an exemplar neighbourhood …

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Stephen Gill: Edgeland and the Olympics

As a follow on from the post here almost two years ago entitled Terrain Vague: place and landscape and Stephen Gill’s photographic work in the Lower Lea Valley, this video which has been around for a few months on Vimeo, draws attention to the destruction of land, common land, and …

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Inverness City Vision: dealing with rapid growth and change

Inverness has been one of the fastest growing cities in Europe in the last few years. A look at how the plan of the city has developed over the last 100 years shows a dramatic change in the shape and extent of the city. However, just as Inverness has attracted attention for its rapid …

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Tornagrain and the New Scottish Urbanism

Proposals for a new settlement at Tornagrain are the subject of an outline planning application to Highland Council following a two year gestation period of analysis, charettes and plan making. The proposal, submitted by Moray Estates and designed by a team led by DPZ …

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Thank you Private Eye and Piloti: angry but wrong

It is said that you have really made it when you are mentioned in Private Eye. WMUD received that dubious honour in Private Eye No 1243, September 2009 with a credit in Nooks and Corners for some master planning work we allegedly carried out in the town of Nelson, Lancashire.

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Shrewsbury Vision: facilitating a shared future

Shrewsbury is a recognised Growth Point with plans for 6,000 new homes plus new economic infrastructure by 2026. The changed relationships arising from local government reorganisation – whereby Shrewsbury now falls under the administration of the single tier…

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Dunfermline Strategic Framework – a landscape for growth?

Commissioned by Fife Council, the context of the strategic framework study is the finalised Fife Structure Plan, which plans for Fife’s growth to 2026. A cornerstone of the Plan strategy is to accommodate much of Fife’s land requirements for housing and employment growth…

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