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.
Ines is an urban and regional planner. Trained in Germany, she worked on projects in Berlin with Jahn Mack and Partners, architects and urban designers, in regeneration and conservation of the Berlin Pankow area. Also in Germany she worked for the Planning Department in Erfurt where she helped to prepare development strategies for declining areas in the north of the town.
Ines has been with WMUD since 2005 and has worked on all the scales of design work – from regional cross-border strategies in Ireland to the design of micros-spaces in Glasgow. Her city-scale experience includes a development framework for Kensal Eco-Quarter in London, a regeneration framework for South Belfast and various projects in Glasgow including, Maryhill Town Centre, Royston Community Regeneration, the Byres Road Corners Project, Supplementary Guidance for Port Dundas and most recently, the Barras Masterplan and Design Guide.
Her Strategic Design experience includes the production of a Healthy Sustainable Neighbourhoods Model for Glasgow City Council, a development guidance model for the Energetica project in Aberdeenshire and the spatial aspects of the Regional Strategic Framework for the Irish Cross Border Area Network (ICBAN).
Ines’s experience of regeneration and design frameworks includes Kilmarnock Integrated Urban Development Plan, The Biggar Agenda, Strathaven Town Centre Strategy, Lanark Town Centre Plan, Maryhill Town Centre Action Plan, Haddington Town Centre and Orkney Three Villages Masterplans. She is also highly experienced in current Scottish Government initiatives in street design and has been responsible for the design of projects in Kirkwall, Glasgow, Fraserburgh and Inverness which are currently moving forward to implementation.
Working with communities is a key part of Ines’s work and she has been deeply involved in the Scottish Government’s Charrette process in Port Dundas, Tranent, Dunblane and Motherwell and currently in Forfar, Rothesay, Blairgowrie, Erskine and Prestwick.