kinetica 2020 yearbook

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2020


kinetica acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Victoria, the indigenous people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We walk side by side in a journey towards Reconciliation.

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Well, that was unexpected!

2020 Hindsight

In 2020, kinetica renewed its focus on building a team of experienced and trusted experts for tackling complex planning

How extraordinary it is to look back on the year that was and

and urban design challenges. As a result, we were fortunate to

realise that right when we were celebrating our rebranding from

be commissioned to develop policy in relation to liveability in

David Lock Associates to kinetica in late February, the virus was

established urban areas, resilience in growth areas and future

just building up for its assault. And within weeks we would be

character in rural townships. Our reputation also grew for expert

abandoning our shiny new office for pastures remote.

advice and evidence in relation to restrictive covenants and highest and best use assessments to inform land acquisition compensation.

In the end, although we have missed our office and each other,

And we continued to enjoy shaping the layout and building form

the impact on our business wasn’t as bad as we feared. Our

of major urban renewal areas and infill developments, and planning

digital transformation in 2019 enabled us to transition to working

provisions to implement them.

from home without a hitch. Our clients largely continued on with their work. And Planning Panels and VCAT had their own digital

Ultimately, 2020 was a year to be thankful. Thankful that as a

transformations, enabling hearings to recommence after a short

nation we have survived hopefully the worst of the pandemic

pause.

with relatively few deaths. Thankful to know that the planning community is one whose members look out for each other.

We learned, of course, that working from home has some

Thankful to our clients who have taken the long-term view and

benefits—not least, the translation of the daily commute into

continued their planning and development work unabated.

more time with our loved ones. Work will never be the same

Thankful for the dedication of the kinetica team in challenging

again.

circumstances. And thankful that we can now look forward with some optimism to a better year in 2021.

What does this mean for urban planning and design? Well, of course, that remains uncertain. But it promises to permanently

Finally, thank you to all of our clients, industry colleagues and

disrupt the nature of commuting, where we live and our housing

friends. I hope you enjoy this summary of our year, and best

needs. It also promises to permanently invigorate our local

wishes for the festive season.

neighbourhoods and centres, potentially helping to realise the Holy Grail of 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Mark Sheppard Managing Principal

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New Leaders We continued to strengthen our expertise through 2020 through the appointment of Lucinda Peterson and Tim Nichols.

Lucinda Peterson - Associate kinetica is a new chapter for me, an opportunity to expand my horizons. Over 25 years, urban planning has taken me to metropolitan, regional, rural and international contexts, across state and local government and in consultancy, serving as a sessional

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Senior Associate

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member with Planning Panels Victoria for the last 8 years, on

I started my career in planning,

Initially studying the dying art

My career started in the Council

Heritage Council of Victoria for two terms, and teaching and

cutting my teeth as a strategic

of cartography and starting

statutory planning unit in the

mentoring new planners with RMIT University. I love working across

planner at Council. About 5 years

at DLA over a decade ago, I

small coastal town of Yeppoon.

community, strategic planning and into the detail of implementation

in I was desperate to get some

then decided to pursue urban

I was thrown straight into the

through statutory planning – from the big blue sky to the pointy end.

design in my life. So I went off

design as a result of some

deep end at Council and into the

After spending a year in Nepal helping build capacity in planning

to Oxford Brookes in the UK

great exposure to the industry.

Great Barrier Reef. After Cyclone

to Dhulikhel Municipality under the Australian Volunteer Program,

and got my Masters in Urban

Urban design has allowed me

Marcia hit in 2015, Council

at kinetica I am looking forward to helping clients resolve complex

Design. Going into urban design

to not only continue my love of

focussed on revitalisation, public

issues and planning with thoughtfulness and creativity – the sky’s the

was a great decision that gave

graphics and maps, but now with

art and placemaking which

limit!

me direction and fulfilment. And

the added benefit of shaping

introduced me to the field of

moving from Council to kinetica

cities instead of just displaying

urban design in Melbourne. I

was the spark that ignited my

them. It might sound cliched,

moved to Melbourne and started

journey not only as an expert

but I love knowing that I’m

at kinetica. Ever since, I have

Working on the delivery of complex town centre redevelopment

witness in urban design but also

contributing to the city, even in a

been working on a diverse

projects in the north-west of Western Australia over a decade kicked

leading the preparation of urban

small way. Travelling around and

range of projects in statutory &

off my journey towards urban design. It took me across Australia to

design frameworks, built form

seeing buildings we’ve provided

strategic planning, and statutory

study a Masters of Urban Planning, down to Tasmania for a rebirth

frameworks, structure plans and

advice for gives me a real buzz.

& strategic urban design. I enjoy

as a stat planner, and back up to Melbourne to refocus on strategic

master plans. I’m looking forward

the challenge of working across

planning. Starting at the very soon to become kinetica at the start

to continuing this journey with

all fields.

Tim Nichols - Senior Consultant

of this year I felt like I had finally completed this journey and made it home, providing advice that shapes and moulds places where people are the centre of outcomes.

kinetica.

Promotions Three of our team also achieved well-deserved promotions.

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SHAPING POLICY In 2020, our reputation for innovative thinking, particularly in relation to gaming policy and urban design, led to us being tasked with considering how to build resilience in Melbourne’s growth areas alongside K2 Planning, and establishing an appropriate future character for Bass CARDINIA SHIRE

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