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

Ayr Town Centre Strategy

Working with Ayr Renaissance and local communities to refresh the current Town Centre Strategy


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clients and project locations

who we have worked with and where

recent work

Kirkwall Town Centre Placemaking Proposals

In parallel with our work for Orkney Islands Council on the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative we carried out a wider study which dealt with a placemaking strategy and proposals for Kirkwall focusing on the Harbourfront and Central West areas.

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Fraserburgh Town Centre Heritage Regeneration Scheme

Background Fraserburgh is at Kinnaird Head in the far north-east corner of Aberdeenshire. Alexander Fraser's 1570s new town (‘Broch’) is highly significant as the earliest planned town in Scotland and the layout survives today. It has a rich maritime heritage and a...

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Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative

Orkney Islands Council appointed a team led by Gray Marshall and Associates together with Brian Burns Associates, Leslie Burgher Architect and WMUD to prepare a bid for a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and a Townscape Heritage Initiative…

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Stranraer Town Centre: Townscape Heritage Bid

Dumfries and Galloway Council (DGC) commissioned yellow book ltd with WMUD to prepare a socio-economic profile of the Stranraer area. The report provided baseline data and an accompanying commentary that was used to support a proposed Townscape Heritage Initiative...

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Port Dundas Charrette – Second Session

Introduction This is the story of the second session of Port Dundas planning Charrette held on 24 April 2014 at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow as seen through the eyes of social media. It was supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council....

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Leven Town Centre – Concept Design Study

Fife Council appointed a WMUD team with Yellow Book Ltd and Janet Benton Landscape Architecture (now Benton Scott-Simmons) to undertake a study of Leven town centre. The study requirements set out in the brief specified, ‘the preparation of concept designs to upgrade...

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Port Dundas Planning Charrette, Glasgow

This is the story of the Port Dundas Charrette held on 12-14 March 2014 at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow as seen through the eyes of social media. It was supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council. The team was led by Kevin Murray Associates and Peter Brett Associates …

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Ecology and maths: generating the hyper-habitat

During 2013 we used network analysis on a number of projects including Mapping the Crafts Sector in Southern Ireland as well as in town centre proposals for Leven and Dumbarton which will be written up later. We have also used mathematical formulae on urban design...

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