Eduardo Souto de Moura described the role of memories in his work as a “mental Neufert.” Yet, many of these references are not directly associated with architecture. As such, these instances must be converted into it by means of a process of analogy. This essay argues analogy is instrumental in the practice of Souto de Moura, discussing it as a design tool and a modus operandi. The analysis of several projects from this architect leads to such conclusion, supported by previous theoretical efforts to frame similar ideas. Aldo Rossi, in particular, produced several arguments in favor of an “analogical architecture.” Analogy became a secret weapon for both architects, reconciling professional obligations with biographic indulgences in order to warrant “cosa mentale.” 

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