PRACTICE

MANOPERA is an architecture and structural engineering office established in Cluj-Napoca committed to a research-based approach. The office opened in 2017 and started off with the participation to the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, by curating and designing the Romanian Pavilion. Our main focus is to rethink and rephrase the brief for each commission and to understand the cultural, social and built context followed by an intensive search for questions. The interest for immersion in the holistic exploration becomes a tool for reflection, so the journey leads to sensitive answers that matter. We challenge the concept of a project by interrogating the binomial architecture - structure, initiating an interesting dialogue between harmony and contrast, encouraging us to experiment. The process is a mixture of ingredients that includes the reconsideration of the ordinary and the pragmatic approach close to the worksite reality as it seeks to have a concern for simplicity, rational use of resources, structural logic, honest materiality, optimized technology, expressiveness and emotion that architecture is capable of transmitting. The goal is to create meaningful architecture that improves the built environment and offers added value to its users engaging the social factor.

TEAM

This is the list of present and former team members who contributed to the multitude of projects and helped defining the office practice. We encourage spontaneous applications, since we are always looking to extend our team with highly creative colleagues who think and work similar to us.

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Technical University of Civil Engineering BUCHAREST

Faculty of Civil, Industrial and Agricultural Buildings
Bachelor in Civil Engineering 2006 - 2010 


University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Architecture
Bachelor in Architecture 2009 - 2013

Université Libre de BRUXELLES, BELGIUM
Faculty of Architecture “La Cambre Horta” 

Master in Architecture 2013 - 2016

Technical University of CLUJ - NAPOCA
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design

PhD student in Architecture since 2018

Associated teacher at 3rd year studio since 2019

Romeo CUC

architect & civil engineer

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Technical University of CLUJ - NAPOCA
Faculty of Civil Engineering

Bachelor in Civil Engineering 2007 - 2011

Technical University of CLUJ - NAPOCA

Faculty of Civil Engineering

Master in Geotechnical Engineering 2011 - 2013

Gina LENGYEL

civil engineer

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University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Architecture
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2005 - 2012

University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Urban Planning
Bachelor + Master in Urban Planning 2006 - 2015

ENSA Versailles School of Architecture PARIS, FRANCE
Erasmus exchange 2008 - 2009

Mara SESCIOREANU

architect & urbanist

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ENSAVT Marne-la-Vallée School of Architecture FRANCE

Bachelor in Architecture 2014 - 2017


ENSAVT École des Ponts ParisTech FRANCE
Master in Architecture + Civil Engineering 2017 - 2019

 

Andrei CORBET-NITS

architect & civil engineer

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University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Architecture
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2012 - 2018

Polytechnic University of CATALONIA, SPAIN
ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture

Erasmus exchange 2016 - 2017


Raluca SABĂU

architect

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Technical University  of CLUJ - NAPOCA

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2013 - 2019

Andreea MUREȘANU

architect

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University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Architecture
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2013 - 2019

University of ALICANTE, SPAIN

EPSA Polytechnic University College

Erasmus exchange 2017

Ștefan SĂLĂVĂSTRU

architect

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University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Architecture
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2012 - 2018

Polytechnic University of MADRID, SPAIN
ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture

Erasmus exchange 2016 - 2017

Rareș URZICĂ

architect

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Technical University  of CLUJ - NAPOCA

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2009 - 2015

ENSA Clermont Ferrand School of Architecture, FRANCE
Erasmus exchange 2015

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Roxana POP

architect

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Technical University  of CLUJ - NAPOCA

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2016 - ...

David MUTNEAN

st. architect

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University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” BUCHAREST

Faculty of Architecture
Bachelor + Master in Architecture 2013 - 2019

George STĂNESCU

architect

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University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" BUCHAREST

Faculty of Interior Architecture
Bachelor in Design 2017 - ...​

Anisia ILIOASA

interior designer