Refocusing our planning offer

Tackling difficult planning and urban design issues, particularly when their resolution will lead to positive change, is a core strength at kinetica.

Our team thrive when called upon to add an impartial and strategic voice to the debate on a myriad of planning concerns. This may take the form of specialist advice on tricky planning or urban design conflicts, multi-faceted planning and development strategies and policies, development plans for problematic sites, interventions in established streets and spaces, or expert peer reviews to help resolve disputes.

In recent years, our practice has expanded to include assistance on a wide range of statutory planning matters.  Following a strategic review of the business, we have concluded that we can best serve our planning clients by refocusing on our core strengths in strategic planning, specialist statutory planning matters and expert peer reviews, along with the full range of urban design work.

From 1 July 2020, our other statutory approvals work will be continued by Three Thirds Group, a new urban planning consultancy established by Jonathan Halaliku and Kyle O’Brien, former Principal and Associate of kinetica.

We wish Three Thirds Group every success.



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Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.