kinetica is an independent planning and urban design consultancy, formerly known as David Lock Associates.
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 team combines strategic planners, statutory planners and urban designers with complementary skills in architecture, landscape architecture, cartography and graphic design.
This ensures a strategic and creative approach to each challenge, and enables us to develop sound and
We call this…
lateral thinking, straight answers.
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
Vic. Dept. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning / Vic. Dept. of Health and Human Services / Victorian Planning Authority /
City of Glen Eira / City of Manningham / VicTrack / Brite / Banco Group / Capital Alliance / Growland / Gurner / Hamton / Mirvac / Pace Development Group / Salta Property Group / Stockland
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.