About us

kinetica is an independent urban design and planning consultancy.

We undertake a broad spectrum of commissions for public, private and profit-for-purpose organisations across Australia, with a focus on complex challenges.

Our cause is to create a better lived experience by facilitating and shaping positive change. 

kinetica is led by highly qualified and experienced professionals, trusted for their expertise and independence. Our urban design expertise is enhanced by complementary skills in strategic and statutory planning, architecture, landscape architecture, cartography and graphic design.

This ensures a strategic and creative approach to each challenge, and enables us to develop sound and
well-reasoned advice. 

We call this…
lateral thinking, straight answers.


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Our strategic planning skills allow us to think on a broader and longer-term scale.
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Our urban design expertise brings the creativity needed to conceptualise answers.
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Our statutory planning capability enables us to implement proposals effectively via the planning system.
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We imagine the places of tomorrow by seeing things differently.

At kinetica, everything we do is underpinned by the following values:

Candid – We are fiercely independent; we stand up for what we believe in.

Consistent – We are reliable and steadfast in our advice.

Compelling – We always provide a convincing rationale for our recommendations.

Constructive – We provide creative yet realistic solutions.

Collaborative – We foster strong relationships internally and with our clients; we expect respect from each other and our clients in return

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.