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
Green Magazine - Mini Living Competition

The proposal looks at how we might rethink the city block and surrounding streets as we transition to 100% renewable energy.

New ‘Mobility Hubs’ are constructed in tactical locations within the city block to house electric vehicles, generate solar power, collect rainwater and provide spaces for food production & community facilities. The generated solar power can charge the electric cars, which in turn act as batteries, providing power to the city block and beyond.

Centralising the cars within these new infrastructure hubs allows the streets to be redesigned for people, providing the public with green space, walking & cycling paths, communal gardens & facilities.

The new green streets connect the pocket parks and micro public spaces commonly found in North Melbourne.

Read more here.

Type: Ideas Competition 
Location:  Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country - Melbourne, Victoria
Status: Completed

Sydney Alternative Housing Competition

The proposal re-frames the way we view Sydney’s suburban streetscapes. It predicts the inevitable reduction in car-usage and ownership, while simultaneously increasing opportunities for affordable infill housing in strategic locations.

The proposal is suited to Sydney’s suburban context. Ideal sites are located within a close radius from the city, in suburbs that are mainly free from heritage and character planning overlays.

The proposal advocates for utilising wasted space on suburban streets that are over 10 metres wide. Many of these street types exist throughout Sydney, often in suburbs with well-connected public transport.

Suburban garages provide opportunity to densify Sydney’s suburbs, while still respecting their suburban and street character. Garages which have a streetside entry can be easily converted to operate as separate dwellings. The process for the garage conversion would be shared between the homeowner
and a housing association. Home owners would lease their garage to the association and receive a percentage of rent. Housing associations would be responsible for managing properties and tenants.

Type: Ideas Competition 
Location:  Gadigal Country - Sydney, New South Wales
Status: Completed

Refugee Housing Prototype - Steiger Huis 

The proposal saw the huge potential that a scaffolding system had in providing a flexible structural system for temporary and modular housing. Scaffolding is a system that is able to be assembled extremely quickly, be dis-assembled, be self-built and be incrementally added upon. From the very start of the process, it was my clear intention that the system of scaffolding could be used in a way that encouraged user-participation in all stages of the process. Refugees themselves would be able to build their own houses- with the possibility to appropriate and incrementally extend upon the dwelling as needed after the initial construction phase.

Read more here.

Type: Refugee Housing
Location: Netherlands
Status: Completed
Project Team: Tahj Rosmarin- Exchange student TU Delft, University of Melbourne,  Bas Gremmen and Jos Lafeber - TU Delft,  Niek Brand - myCUBY
Engineer:  Mischa Andjelic - IMd Ingenieurs
Scaffolding Consultant:Ad van Meer - Layher Scaffolding

Wyndham Cultural Centre - Temporary public space

This project looked at creating a new public space on a prominent corner site in Weribee, Victoria. The space reactivates a previously abandoned cafe site, providing a new platform for events & social gatherings. 
Type: Public Space Design
Location:  Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country - Melbourne, Victoria
Status: Completed

Completed in collaboration with project leads Urban Spark Studio whilst working at Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

Bus Project - Pop Up Gallery

Design, fabrication and construction of exhibition display for the 6th Bus Projects Edition Exhibition, a major fundraising exhibition of limited edition artworks by over 30 emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Type: Temporary Exhibition Design 
Location: Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country - Melbourne, Victoria
Status: Completed

In collaboration with ioa studio & Don Gallagher Constructions
Photography by Christo Crocker

Mini Living - Ideas Competition

This proposal, ‘outHOUSE’, imagines a dwelling that can adapt and change with you through time. The overarching idea is to design only the framework or support structures of the house, providing the essential infrastructure (bathroom, kitchen, laundry and stairwell) and have the occupants fill in the rest as they require, exploring the notion of 'infrastructure as a generator'. 

The traditional concept of laneways as service spaces is flipped it to imagine them as habitable social spaces. A reinterpretation of the granny flat typology, outHOUSE targets first home buyers, designing a framework that puts the users in control of the building process and programming of spaces.

Type: Ideas Competition 
Location: Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country - Melbourne, Victoria
Status: Completed

In collaboration with ioa studio & Alexandra Buchanan Architecture