establish consulting is a firm based on the principles of design-thinking, community participation, and evidenced-based planning. We are focused on making things happen, not just on paper, but real outcomes.
The places that we live, work and play should be fun, reflect our identity, and focus on the efficient use of space. establish consulting works directly with communities to identify unique solutions.
The types of projects undertaken by establish consulting span from large-scale strategic planning activities, through to small-scale community events and spaces.
Our approach is based on working 'with' clients, not 'for' them. establish consulting takes the time to understand the needs of the local community - through conversation, participatory workshops, and experiential engagement through temporary installations.
establish consulting works independently and with other allied professionals to identify solutions and has a broad network of planning and design professionals to draw upon.
Sonia Kirby, Director/ Founder
I am a passionate and dedicated urban planner, with the drive and motivation to create 'place'.
With over 16 years experience in both the public and private sector, I have the skills and experience to interrogate 'wicked problems' and find innovative solutions. I dedicate my knowledge and skills to planning for places to live, work and play for the coming decades (possibly centuries). I am inspired by watching how people interact with space, how they celebrate place, and how they demonstrate their passion for their place through art, events, or installations of identity.
I have worked throughout Queensland, Victoria, and overseas, with various communities, large and small. Driven by my passion, and fuelled with knowledge and expertise, I takes pride in working directly with communities and clients to identify solutions to their challenges related to place.
A leader in the urban planning profession, other activities I'm involved in include:-