Card Practice is an architectural & urban design practice from Melbourne, Australia.



Registered Architects in Victoria (ARBV 600280)
Nominated Architect in New South Wales, James Connor (NSWARB 12246)

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

ⓒ 2023


Curriculum Vitae

Jimi Connor is a registered Architect and director of emerging architecture & urban design practice CARD. Jimi has worked across a broad range of projects in both Australia & the UK- from large multi-residential developments to houses and small scale urban interventions.

He is particularly interested in the intersections of architecture, landscape and the public realm, with current research work focusing on the topics of multiculturalism and urban informality.

As a recently certified Passive House consultant, Jimi is passionate about using design to create better, more livable, more ecologically & socially sustainable places.

He has contributed more broadly to the architectural profession as a sessional design studio tutor at the University of Melbourne and through his writing and photography for various publications including The Conversation & The Guardian.
Registered Architect
Architects Registration Board of Victoria
ARBV #20647

Certified Passive House Designer
Passive House Institute
2019 - Present

Master of Architecture
University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Architectural Design
University of Queensland

Employment History
CARD Practice
January 2022 - Present

Alexandra Buchanan Architecture
Project Architect & Certified Passive House Designer
January 2015-2022

OB Architecture
Architectural Graduate
January 2013- December 2013

Thomson Adsett Architects
Architectural Student
January 2010-May 2011

Landscape Architecture Studio: Urban Open Space - Design
University of Melbourne
March 2022

Academic Paper with Dr. Amanda Achmadi, Dr. Sidh Sintusingha & Tahj Rosmarin
‘Contested Riverscapes in Indonesian Cities- Urban Kampungs and their Resilience in the Age of Design Activism and Image Economy’
February 2019

Victorian Eco Innovation Lab - Leeuwarden stadium adaptive resuse project
Commissioned to design the adaptive reuse project for Cambuur Football Stadium in Leeuwarden, NE. Completed with Amy Bracks & Miles Ritzmann.
January 2018

Research Assistant for Dr. Peter Raisbeck and InfUr- Hub
University of Melbourne - November 2018
‘Invisible Informalities- Mapping Informal Settlements in Melbourne’
Ongoing research on homelessness in and around the Footscray region of Melbourne.

Architects for Peace
Volunteer 2017 - Commitee of Management & Editorials Team.

Writing and talks
‘When a suburb’s turn for gentrification comes...’, Online Article
The Conversation 2017
Co-authored an article with Tahj Rosmarin and Sidh Sintusingha about the transitionary nature of Melbourne’s multi-cultural suburb of Footscray.

‘Suburbia gone sour: the melancholia of Melbourne’s milk bars – in pictures?’
The Guardian 2018
Photographic essay of melbourne’s Milk Bar’s and changing urban environment.

Patterns of Footscray: Understanding Melbourne’s multicultural melting pot
Architects For Peace 2018
Article looking at the multicultural urbanism of Footscray and the impacts of gentrification upon the city.

‘Kebab urbanism Melbourne’s ‘other’ cafe makes the city a more human place’
The Conversation 2019
Photographic contribution to the article researching the phenomenon of Melbourne’s kebab vans.

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Conference
Conference Talk 2020
Land E-Scape conference, online lecture with Tahj Rosmarin and Sidh Sintusingha. View here.

Dulux Study Tour (2023)
Shortlisted Applicant

Invert Mini Living 4.0 (2022)
Zero Carbon Precinct ideas competition considers how our cities will adapt to renewable energies and widespread uptake of low emission transportation.

Invert Mini Living 3.0 (2019)
Laneway Architecture ‘OutHOUSE’ design project exhibited for Green Magazine’s design competition.

‘Informalising Footscray’ Thesis exhibited on KooZA/rch (2017) and at the ‘Footscray Pop Up School’ (2017)

‘Kampung Value’ 2017 Shelter ‘Dencity’ Competition. Special Mention.

International experience
Lae - Papua New Guinea
University of Melbourne
October 2015
Participant in a Design & Build program involving the construction of 3 composting toilets alongside the local Sipaia community. The studio was lead by Prof David O’Brien.

Bandung - Indonesia
University of Melbourne
November 2015
Design & research studio which explored themes of informality, urbanisation, inequality, resilience, sustainability and community empowerment within the context of an indonesian informal settlement. A collaboration between staff and students of the
Melbourne School of Design (MSD) and the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPK), at Institute of Technology
Bandung (ITB).