Cassiano Branco. Modern Visions of an “Inconvenient” Architect


  • Paulo Tormenta Pinto ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Cassiano Branco (1897-1970) belonged to the pioneer generation of modern Portuguese architects, who worked during the years of the dictatorship. During the 1930s, Cassiano produced an anti-conservative and eloquent architecture, contrasting with the guidelines of the regime. The discomfort about his personality came also from his ideological opposition to the government. Among his peers he has been considered “an exception to the rule”, working, mainly for private investors, on programs for rental housing, movie theaters and tourism facilities, which were built along the boulevards of Lisbon or in the natural and intact regional areas of Portugal.

How to Cite

Pinto, P. T. (2016). Cassiano Branco. Modern Visions of an “Inconvenient” Architect. Docomomo Journal, (55), 30–37.







Author Biography

Paulo Tormenta Pinto, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon

(b. 1970, Portugal). Architect (1993), Lusíada University, Portugal; PhD (2004), Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. He is Aggregated Assistant Professor at iscte – University Institute of Lisbon, where coordinates the PhD program since 2011. In 1994 he opened an architectural office in Lisbon. He has completed many construction projects in Portugal and received the inh–Award for Architecture in 2002 and the ihru -Award for Architectures in 2012.


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