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Catarina de Almeida Brito

MA work

Escudo da Comporta

Escudo da Comporta is a rural masterplan of an agricultural estate in Alentejo, Portugal. 

Comporta is an area in Portugal whose landscape and population have been subject to various pressures and epic injustices. In the past three centuries the area’s value has been claimed by its owners, the Portuguese Crown at first, rice farming enterprises after, and, finally, the largest banking dynasty in Portugal, the Espírito Santo family. The latter became insolvent in 2014.

Escudo da Comporta uses the situation of bankruptcy to, for the first time, design the landscape and design it towards a democratic rural environment.

By combining agricultural and urban design processes the project creates a civic landscape that satisfies global pressures while fulfilling the social and civic needs of an area in great distress.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2016

  • I am a Portuguese designer and a freelance writer for Wallpaper* Magazine and other publications.

    Having grown up in Brussels, studying architecture in the UK and France, and working in Portugal and Spain, I ventured into the world of ‘architecture beyond architecture’ and completed a masters at the LSE Cities. I have taught at the Architectural Association Summer School, and worked on the 2014 Venice Biennale while at Rem Koolhaas’ office. My interests lie in architecture diplomacy, as well as architecture and all its ramifications. 

  • Degrees

  • BSc (Hons) in General Architectural Studies (RIBA Part 1), University of Bath; - MSc in City Design and Social Sciences, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
  • Awards

  • Future of Money Award, 2016