March 25, 2016
by Canadian Architect
On the verge of its 20th year, Manasc Isaac Architects is exporting Edmonton design to Europe. On March 24, they officially opened Latitudine 53 by Manasc Isaac in Bucharest, Romania.
The office will be headed by Ana-Dora Matei and Alecsandru Vasiliu, who worked in Manasc Isaac’s Edmonton office after Vivian Manasc presented at a Bucharest university on the subject of winter design.
Like Edmonton, Bucharest is a city of oil booms and busts. After years of leaving Bucharest, creative young people are returning to start businesses, launch careers and build something. It has four distinct seasons and a distinct culture. Unfortunately, under communist rule, leaders tore down heritage buildings to make way for cheap, inefficient, and sometimes ugly towers. There are plenty of architectural problems to solve in Bucharest, and Manasc Isaac sees it — like Edmonton — as a lab.
Manasc Isaac was founded in 1997 by Vivian Manasc and Richard Isaac.