About

Howard Miller Design is an award-winning RIBA chartered architecture and landscape design practice based in Liverpool’s creative quarter, the Baltic Triangle.

We specialize in delivering high quality buildings and gardens that are responsive to the needs of the people who use them. From private house extensions, self-build houses, to large public landscape projects, we create spaces that are both practical to use and enjoyable to inhabit.

In all our projects we seek to foster a spirit of collaboration by; tapping into the strong community of makers and designers in Liverpool and the North West; taking a participatory approach to the design process with our clients to understand and enhance the broader socio-economic and environmental contexts in which our projects are located.

As well as numerous private clients, we have worked for a range of public and voluntary sector organisations including Oxfam, Liverpool John Moores University and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013 we were awarded RHS Gold Medals for gardens at Tatton park flower show. In 2015 we won a Gold Medal and Best in show for the ‘Dark Matter’ Garden at the Chelsea flower show. IN 2015 we were also shortlisted for the RIBA awards for ‘Constellations’ bar. The project was also a finalist in AJ Small Projects and the Wood Awards.

Our work has been widely published, featuring in architectural journals, on the BBC and in national and local newspapers.

Awards and Competitions

2015: RIBA award shortlisting for ‘Constellations’ bar
2015: Wood award shortlisting for ‘Constellations’ bar
2015: AJ small projects shortlisting for ‘Constellations’ bar
2015: RHS Gold medal winner and best in category at the Chelsea flower show for the ‘Dark Matter’ garden
2013: Shortlisted entry for the ‘High Line for London’ design competition
2013: RHS Gold medal winner and most creative garden at Tatton flower show for ‘Watch this space’
2012: RHS Gold medal winner at Tatton flower show for ‘World without Torture’ garden
2011: RHS Gold medal winner at Tatton flower show for the Oxfam garden

Howard Miller
BA(Hons), DipArch, RIBA, MSc

Howard studied architecture at the University of Newcastle, the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He also holds an MSc in Sustainable Architecture from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. Prior to founding Howard Miller Design in 2012, Howard worked for the London-based architecture practice Hayhurst and Co. acting as project architect on a number of award winning schemes including Whitehorse primary school and the Tray House. Howard has also worked for architecture practices in New York and Sydney.

Howard is interested in self-build structures, which enable non-experts to participate in the design and construction process, have a reduced environmental impact and are efficient to heat and cool. He has worked on a number of modern self-build dwellings using rammed earth, straw bale and timber frame construction methods.

Howard is currently co-leader of a unit for final year undergraduate students studying architecture at the University of Liverpool. The unit focuses on ‘live’ projects that have been identified as fulfilling genuine commercial, cultural or community needs across sites in Merseyside. The unit exposes students to real clients, the constraints and opportunities that come from working within existing urban fabrics and to a pre-defined brief. Projects have included the proposed re-opening of a metro station in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district, and a community garden and arts space in Toxteth. Howard has also been a visiting critic at the University of Brighton.

Howard is also co-chair of the Baltic Triangle’s Neighbourhood Planning Forum.

Dori Miller
B.Ed (Hons)

Dori joined Howard Miller Design in 2012 as horticulture advisor. After 25 years as a teacher in primary and further education, in 2011 Dori pursued her life-long interest in gardening with her first award-winning garden ‘A Handbag of Harmonies’ at the RHS Tatton Show. Building on this success in 2012 she was project manager and co-designer for the gold medal-winning garden for Oxfam, ‘Where the waters rise.’ Since then Dori has worked as plants specialist on all Howard Miller Design landscape projects including gardens for the Quakers, Liverpool John Moores University and Alder Hey Children’s NHS foundation Trust. In this role Dori takes a hands on role collaborating with specialist nurseries in the North west, as well as growing plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions on her own land in the Cheshire countryside.

Drawing on her significant teaching experience, Dori is also committed to the practices’ participatory landscape projects, engaging child and adult learners in the joys of growing their own.