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

As both a registered architect and urban designer, Tahj’s capabilities lie in creative design thinking at all scales. With experience in a variety of project types, ranging from small scale residential projects to masterplanning, he is able to fluidly work between project typologies and embed design thinking across a variety of scales.

While working in practice, Tahj has been able to balance a concurrent interest in urban research and academia. He has worked as a Research Assistant for the InfUr- Research Hub at the University of Melbourne, tutored a number of subjects in Architectural History and Design, and has taught a variety of multidisciplinary architecture and urban design thesis studios. He has also written a number of articles and reviews for publications including the Conversation and Architecture AU.
Registered Architect
Architects Registration Board of Victoria
ARBV #20600

Master of Architecture (First Class Honours)
University of Melbourne
International Exchange Program, TU Delft

Bachelor of Architectural Design
University of Queensland

Employment History
Card Practice
January 2020-Present

Urban Designer/Architect
MGS Architects
May 2019-2023

Research Assistant/Tutor
University of Melbourne
March 2017-Present

Architectural Graduate
Olaver Architecture
February 2017-May 2019

Kieron Gait Architects
November 2013-November 2015

Parvenu Architectural
July 2014-November 2015

Archipelago Architects
April 2014-June 2014

Kevin O’Brien Architects
March 2013-July 2013

University of Melbourne
2020, ‘Post COVID Campus’ with MGS Architects
Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design Thesis
Studio Leader:w/ Elliet Spring & Toby Woolley (MGS Architects)
Examining the role of the University campus, using COVID-19 as a catalyst for renewed thinking.

Sessional Tutor for Global Foundations of Design, First Year Environments
Semester One 2017-2018
Leaders: Phillip Goad and Helen Stitt

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

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

Writing and talks
‘When it comes to urban infrastructure, big doesn’t have to mean bad’, Online Article 2019
Provision of well-engineered transport, energy and other service infrastructure is essential to good urban functionality. But as Australia undergoes an infrastructure boom, let’s not forget these major works can and should contribute to the social, cultural and human qualities of our cities.

Architects for Peace
‘Designing the Temporary’, Online Article 
Written piece published regarding refugee housing and participatory architecture.

‘Patterns of Footscray’, Online Article 
Written piece published on Patterns of Footscray. Research project in collaboration with James Connor.

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

‘Kebab urbanism Melbourne’s ‘other’ cafe makes the city a more human place’ 
Article explaining the phenomenon of Melbourne’s kebab van

‘Public spaces bind cities together. What happens when coronavirus forces us apart?’
Article exploring public life beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Architecture AU

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Conference
Land E-Scape conference, online lecture with Jimi Connor and Sidh Sintusingha

University of Queensland
Dean’s Commendation of Achievement (2010-2012)

University of Melbourne
Dean’s Honours Award (2016)
Global Scholars Award (2016)

TU Delft
Seminars on Building Technology Exhibition (2016)
Berlage Institute Theory Masterclass ‘With the Masses’ led by Reinier de Graaf, OMA (2016)


‘Steiger Huis’ shortlisted in Dutch nationwide competition for
Refugee Housing organised by Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade (2016)

‘Kampung Value’ received a Special Mention in international competition DENCITY (2016)

Shortlisted for the Dulux Study Tour (2017)

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam ‘A Home Away From Home’ Nominee Pop-Up Exhibition, 29th June - 7th July (2016)

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

International experience

Luis Feduchi Architect
In December 2013-January 2014, I was an active member of a team made up of students, architects and urban designers led by Professor Luis Feduchi in Auroville, South India. Commissioned by the Auroville TDC (Town Development Council), Professor Feduchi and team were responsible for the completion of a Detailed Development Plan under review of esteemed Indian architect Balkrishna (BV) Doshi.

HATCH Workshop
In November, 2017, I assisted Hannah Broatch and Mason Rattray, under the banner of their architectural workshop HATCH, in completing their mass housing project for migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad, India. The project currently provides housing to 150 workers.

University of Melbourne
Participated in traveling studio which explored themes of informality, urbanisation, inequality, resilience, sustainability and community empowerment. 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), in November 2015.

Oshika Peninsula
University of Queensland
Participated in architectural research which was a collaboration between the University of Queensland and Momoyo Kaijima of Atelier Bow-Wow (University of Tsukuba). The project mainly dealt with post-tsunami areas of Japan, specifically Oshika Peninsula,
and developed options on how to sustainably adopt practices that could redevelop devastated fishing communities.