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

where

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

how

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.

recent work

Network mapping: how networks can be mapped and analysed?

Network mapping: how networks can be mapped and analysed?

It has become fashionable to talk of networks of organisations, people, computers, transport and so on. In organisations there is talk of being more “networky” and getting away from the older more hierarchical ways of doing things. Conferences are organised around “networking” both formal and informal.

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Remarkable Rieselfeld: distinctively different

Remarkable Rieselfeld: distinctively different

Much has been written in recent weeks about Rieselfeld and Vauban, both extensions of Freiburg in Breisgau in south west Germany. These areas have been under construction since the 1990s but the current interest in them from a UK perspective comes from the Government’s plans to build a number of …

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Eindhoven 2001- spontaneous landscapes

Eindhoven 2001- spontaneous landscapes

This is the first part of an atmospheric short film made by Wladimir Manshanden in 2001. It explores the city of Eindhoven mostly between dusk and dawn through its transport corridors, infrastructure, factories, construction sites, spontaneous landscapes, as-found objects and odd events.

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current work

We are currently working on the following projects:

Making Places in Kilwinning

Working with the Kilwinning communities to develop a local place plan for the town

Making Places in Huntly

Developing a masterplan for a community education and play campus

Townhead, Kirkintilloch

Developing public realm options for the Townhead area

Mitchelston Industrial Estate

Working with Fife Council to develop a masterplan for this important site