I am an urban designer with 30 years’ consultancy experience. I specialise in leading large-scale master planning and urban renewal projects, and providing urban design advice. My expertise is recognised by frequent engagements to give evidence in relation to development proposals and planning scheme amendments.
My passion is improving the liveability, sustainability and resilience of urban areas.
I am the author of Essentials of Urban Design (CSIRO Publishing, 2015) and a contributor to Urban Design Practice – An International Review (RIBA Publishing, 2012). The Urban Design Group (UK) has awarded me Recognised Urban Design Practitioner status.
I am a strategic and statutory planner with more than 40 years’ experience in providing advice on most matters that come under the umbrella of urban and regional planning.
I thrive on complex and new challenges including specialisations such as strategic studies and justifications, highest and best use, policy development, acquisitions and compensation, covenants and gaming.
My work satisfaction results from originality of thought, adding of value, clarity of communication, persuading others and passing my knowledge and experience on to the generations that follow.
As a result of my extensive experience and expertise, I am regularly called upon to provide expert evidence on the diverse fields of planning in which I am particularly proficient.
Specialities: Expertise and evidence on complex planning challenges where a strategic and historical perspective is a major advantage
I have over 20 years general management and finance experience in professional services which has allowed me to build and grow the kinetica business model.
Having full oversight of the internal operations and a strong focus on change management, I am passionate and committed to future proofing the business by exceeding client expectations and retaining the best industry professionals.
A key role is working closely with the Principals and Board in setting the strategic plan, directing the implementation and confirming alignment with our values resulting in a relevant and successful business.
I am an urban designer and strategic planner with more than 12 years’ experience in private and public practice in Melbourne and Sydney. I specialise in preparing built form frameworks, urban design frameworks, structure plans, master plans and urban design guidelines for activity centres, transport infrastructure and urban renewal precincts.
As a recognised expert, I regularly provide independent urban design advice and evidence in relation to planning scheme amendments and site-specific development proposals.
I am driven by a desire to create interesting and engaging streets and cities that are inclusive and resilient in the face of a changing climate.
Specialties: built form frameworks, urban design frameworks, structure plans, master plans, urban design review and expert evidence
I am a statutory and strategic town planner with more than 15 years’ planning experience, principally as a consultant but also benefitting from a history in local government.
My skills and particularly strong competencies are in development approvals and the specialised and challenging areas of planning practice, establishing highest and best use outcomes for the purposes of valuation and compensation and the removal and/or modification of restrictive covenants.
My expertise results in regular engagements to provide considered advice, pragmatic solutions and big picture thinking in relation to a wide range of complex planning issues and proposals.
Specialties: Development approvals, valuation and compensation matters, restrictive covenants and expert evidence
I am an experienced strategic and statutory planner with more than fourteen years of specialised experience working for the private sector across a broad spectrum of projects.
My skill set is further enhanced as an urban designer and my diverse knowledge and experience means I can manage complex multi-disciplinary projects within professional spheres to provide innovative solutions and advice.
My professional focus traverses the planning lifecycle of urban and regional projects, from policy and strategic planning, through statutory and tribunal processes, to completed built urban design outcomes.
I am an urban planner with a strong background in local government planning. My experience stems from development assessment which has led to a strong understanding in the field.
My skill set is proficient across all business streams at Kinetica, including statutory urban design, statutory planning, strategic urban design and strategic planning.
The creative side of my role has led to a keen interest in urban design, whereby my ability for creative thinking coupled with extensive statutory planning experience provides for high quality development outcomes.
I hold a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (hons) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Art in Public Spaces from RMIT, Melbourne.
I am an urban designer with a background in cartography and graphic design. I have broad experience in the private sector, providing advice and professional services to both private and public clients in a statutory and strategic urban design capacity.
My specialisations include preparing VCAT evidence and providing urban design guidance to create better public realm outcomes.
I am passionate about influencing cities to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
I am an urban designer with experience in both the public and private sectors of urban design, landscape architecture and strategic planning. I have a detailed understanding of urban scales and the relationship between built form outcomes, streetscapes, and landscape details.
My variety of experience has strengthened my interest in major infrastructure projects as a catalyst for urban regeneration and the unique infill development challenges experienced within Australia’s cities and towns.
My skill set is shaped by my enthusiasm to bring together theoretical concepts, stakeholder inputs and technical experience to create locally relevant, implementable and community focussed outcomes.
PA to Mark Sheppard and
I am the PA to Mark Sheppard and Rob Milner – Principals of Kinetica.
My key responsibility is to manage two busy schedules with an efficiency and thoroughness which enables the Principals maximum time with clients and driving the strategy of Kinetica.
Having been with Kinetica for 9 years, I have an excellent understanding of the business, its objectives and the loyal client base.
Liaising with clients and stakeholders, on behalf of Mark and Rob, is enjoyable for me and I deal with a myriad of issues with a calm and professional manner.
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.