Job title: Lecturer, Interior Design

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5729


Research: See Willie Brown on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Willie Brown is an architect, and is interested in all aspects of design, across all scales from micro to macro. Through 30 years of practice and teaching, he has developed a strong commitment to responsible design and specification that recognises the finite nature of our resources.

Willie studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and practiced in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, USA and Scotland.

Built projects range from rehabilitation of existing buildings, new build social housing, new public buildings, educational facilities, interior design, furniture design, refurbishment, to individual houses, and his work has been published in Architect’s Journal, Building Design and Prospect.

He has taught at University of Zambia, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen, Mackintosh School of Architecture, and Edinburgh College of Art, where he is currently Programme Director of Interior Design.

He has carried out external examining duties at University of Bournemouth, University of Central Lancashire, AAS Thessaloniki in Greece and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

He has contributed to educational workshops at Hochschule fur Technik, Stuttgart, Istanbul Technical University, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland, and Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, SUPSI Lugano in Switzerland.

This is as part of the International Masters in Interior Architectural Design, (IMIAD) that he was involved in setting up for Edinburgh College of Art in collaboration with the four other institutions referred to above, offering students the opportunity to experience different cultures and climates during their education.

Research interests include site and climate specific building on the Western Edge of Europe, from the new vernacular of Scotland to the Porto School and related designers. He is specifically interested in the effect sunlight, sunrise, sunset, shadows have on an interior, and on the well-being of the building users.

He is working towards designing and building a prototype dwelling on the West Coast of Scotland that encompasses orientation and philosophy of sense of place combined with that of touching the earth lightly.

His teaching is heavily influenced by his wide experience of building types and projects from permanent to temporary, and is targeted at providing students with the professional skills, experience and confidence required to contribute successfully to the provision of the successful interiors of tomorrow.


Recent research outputs

  • “Drawing Together; The Project; Between Drawing and Reality”- 2012, Brown, W. & Hollis, E, Paper presented at University of Northumbria, and published in “Interiors Education Futures; Contemporary Insights”, Rogers, P. (Ed.), Libri Publishing, UK, Vol. 1, p111-121
  • “How are Atmospheres Produced?”, 2012, Brown, W., Constructing Atmosphere; IMIAD International Workshop, HFT Stuttgart Vol. 1, p39