Edmonton’s Manasc Isaac architectural firm has been known for its innovative sustainable designs since 1997. To celebrate its fifteenth birthday, the sounds of live music performed by members of the firm, laughter and discussion filled the company’s rooftop, where the party was held.
As a part of the celebration, the Vivian Manasc, Architect and Principal at the firm, presented the second annual Blue Sky Award, which grants a local non-profit business with $10,000 worth of free consulting time. Manasc explained that she received 27 architectural proposals from different non-profit groups and made the selection based on the submitting group’s vision.
From Left to right: Mayor Stephen Mandel, Vivian Manasc and Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) of Edmonton Executive Director Teren Clarke.
With Mayor Mandel by her side, Manasc awarded the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) of Edmonton the grand prize, saying that she looked forward to a successful completion the Blue Sky Award project.
Manasc went on the explain that it was hard to pick just one winner out of the 27 submissions, so Manasc Isaac decided to award two runner-up prizes of $5,000 of consulting time each.
L to R: MLA Laurie Blakeman, Manasc and Alice B. Donahue Library Treasurer Bob Tannas.
The first runner up was presented by Edmonton downtown MLA Laurie Blakeman that went to the Alice B. Donahue Library and Archive in Athabasca, Alberta. The second runner up was presented by Edmonton downtown MP Laurie Hawn, which was received by the Red Deer Native Friendship Society.
L to R: MP Laurie Hawn, Manasc and Red Deer Native Friendship Society Executive Director Tanya Schur
The feel of the night was summed up well when Vivian Manasc repeated a better known quote from Mandel about how he wanted Edmonton to be “a place where architecture matters and there will be no more crap.”