Catarina is a Portuguese architect based in Bergen, Norway. She is also a journalist for Wallpaper* Magazine, CNN Style, Metropolis Magazine and Vinyl Factory's editorial project The Spaces, and the co-founder and former editor of Migrant Journal, an independent six-issue print publication exploring migration in all its forms.

Having grown up in Brussels, studying architecture in the UK and France, and working in design practices in Lisbon, Girona, Rotterdam and London, Catarina ventured into the world of ‘architecture beyond architecture’ and completed her masters in City Design & Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, LSE Cities, in 2012.

She has taught at the Architectural Association Summer School, and worked on the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale while at Rem Koolhaas’ office. Recently she has completed her architectural education at the Royal College of Art in London.

She was the recipient of the Future of Money Award with her winning entry 'Escudo da Comporta', a currency based on the real time landscape surveying of a twelve and a half thousand hectare agricultural estate in Alentejo, Portugal.

Catarina’s interests lie in architecture diplomacy.


In collaboration with her partner, photographer Richard John Seymour, Catarina is available for content creation and bespoke commissions. Selected recent work together includes: Why Portugal’s wild Comporta coastline should be your summer sanctuary (, An ode to Lisbon’s kiosks by photographer Richard John Seymour (, Salina Turda: A Transylvanian salt mine turned playground (, Casa Varatojo (