Howard Miller Design is a research-led architecture and landscape design practice based in Liverpool. We use the latest knowledge, combined with a creative approach to design, to deliver high quality buildings and gardens that contribute positively to the happiness, health and productivity of the people and organisations that use them.

In all our projects we seek to foster a spirit of collaboration by taking a participatory approach to the design process. This enables us to develop a shared understanding of client needs and priorities; whilst also fostering a strong sense of belonging and ownership among the communities who use our projects.

We constantly strive to learn from our designs through the rigorous evaluation of how projects perform in-use for  individuals, organisations and the environment. This knowledge is used to constantly enhance our work, and is shared with a wider community of clients, designers and builders in a collaborative effort to improve the social and environmental performance of the wider built environment.


  • Feasibility studies
  • User consultation
  • Concept design
  • Planning applications
  • Detailed design
  • Building Regulations approval
  • Construction information
  • Tender negotiations
  • Site inspection
  • Project management
  • Post-occupancy evaluation

Awards and Competitions

  • RIBA Competitions 2017, shortlist for Alder Hey Bereavement Centre
  • RIBA North West Award 2015, shortlist for Constellations
  • Wood Award 2015, winner for Constellations
  • AJ Small Projects 2015, shortlist for Constellations
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015, Gold Medal winner and Best in Category for the Dark Matter garden
  • Garden Museum High Line for London competition 2013, shortlist for Retracing London’s Drovers Roads
  • RHS Tatton Flower Show 2013, Gold Medal winner and Most Creative Garden for Watch this Space
  • RHS Tatton Flower Show 2012, Gold Medal winner for Quaker Peace Garden
  • RHS Tatton Flower Show 2011, Gold Medal winner for the Oxfam Flood 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.

Rowena Hay MA(Hons), MSc, PhD

Rowena is a social scientist specialising in qualitative and participatory research methods that she has used to explore issues surrounding architecture and the built environment for over a decade.

At CABE she was responsible for the Inclusion by Design advisory group, and led projects focusing on the impact of design on those often excluded from the design process. She was also editor of the CABE case study library – featuring hundreds of building and landscape evaluations designed to share best practice, and to inspire. Her PhD focused on the experience of shared ownership housing developments in London and Cumbria. As a freelance consultant she has worked on a number of community engagement projects including one exploring environmental barriers to active lifestyles among communities in Tower Hamlets. Most recently she completed a project with Reading University and the RIBA on post-occupancy evaluation, broadening its definition from a technical, environmental focus to a more holistic and people-centred research method for architects.

Rowena leads on research and user consultation at Howard Miller Design. This involves systematic literature reviews, social and environmental site analysis, user consultation and post-occupancy evaluations.

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