Willie Miller is Principal of WMUD and is an urban designer and town planner. He has many years experience in planning and regeneration working in the public sector where he was Assistant Director of Planning for Monklands District Council before setting up WMUD in 1996.
He was a lecturer and researcher at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, specialising in urban design and maintains his contact with education and theory through work with the School of Architecture at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and with the University of Glasgow Department of Urban Studies where he currently teaches the Designing Places and Urban Design Policy and Practice modules of the Masters course.
Since starting his own practice, Willie has been part of a many multi-disciplinary project teams carrying out diverse studies throughout the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. He has a particular interest in collaborative approaches, seeking the widest range of community and business involvement matched by multi-disciplinary professional inputs.
The work of his practice has taken him to the west coast of the United States where he regularly partners with Spokane based Studio Cascade. He has worked on eco-zone studies for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, urban design strategies for Orkney Islands Council, strategic frameworks for Fife Council and a strategic waterways studies for Sheffield and Rotherham Metro Borough Council. He is a regular speaker at design, planning and urbanism events (most recently in Detroit and Derry) and has written for a number of publications including the Guardian Edinburgh.
Recent work includes spatial strategies for ICBAN (the Irish Central Border Area Network), an innovative study of development land guidance for the Energetica project in Aberdeenshire and a tourism strategy for Leitrim County Council in the Republic of Ireland.