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Natalia Castro

Project Designer

Natalia Castro joined The Brooklyn Studio in 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also studied at the National School of Architecture of Nantes, France, where she discovered other disciplines such as film and crafts.

Before joining The Brooklyn Studio, Natalia worked for several firms in Brazil and New York, including Rua Arquitetos, Simino Architects, and Atelier de Arquitetura e Desenho Urbano. She was awarded a research scholarship by CAPES (Brazilian Ministry of Culture) to explore the relationship between contemporary architecture and historical heritage in Rio de Janeiro.

Natalia is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the School of Fine Arts of Rio de Janeiro, where she investigates intersections between architecture, weaving, and writing. Natalia is passionate about working with her hands, and much of her free time is dedicated to weaving and pottery practices.

The Proust Questionnaire

Taking inspiration from a popular nineteenth-century parlor game, we sat down with each member of our team and asked them a few questions about their inspirations and aspirations.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A sunny day at the beach with loved ones always does the trick.

What is your greatest fear?

Winter.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Making space for nothing time.

What talent would you most like to have?

Teletransportation!

What is your favorite color?

Does terracotta count?

What is your favorite virtue?

Generosity.

Which living architect or designer do you most admire?

Carla Juaçaba, Solano Benítez, and so many others.

Which dead architect or designer do you most admire?

Lina Bo Bardi and Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

What is the trait that you most appreciate in a building?

Light.

What is your favorite type of project to work on?

Cheerful houses.

Who is your favorite author?

Jorge Luis Borges.

Who is your favorite artist?

There are so many, but Eva Hesse and Anni Albers are always in my thoughts.

What is your most treasured possession?

A loom owned by a dear great-aunt of mine.

Where would you like to live?

Anywhere I can bring Salsinha, the cutest and fluffiest cat you’ll ever meet.

What quality do you most admire in others?

Kindness.

Stranded on a desert island, you have two books in your possession. What are they?

Ailton Krenak’s Life’s Not Useful and Ideas to Postpone the End of the World.