Campbeltown - town centre place making strategyThe term genius loci usually refers to a location’s distinctive atmosphere, or its spirit of place. The idea that design or action should always be adapted to context is one of the most widely agreed principles of urban design, town-making or landscape architecture.

The clues to successful urban design and regeneration lie in the nature and character of places and – quite often – in their people. Approaches which drop external, un-rooted solutions into a locality without regard for local circumstances usually fail.

We therefore use skills and specialist techniques to draw out this underlying potential and express it as a positive shaping force in urban design solutions and town-making processes.

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.