Modern Architecture

The team

Our broad interdisciplinary team includes highly qualified individuals from different fields to attend all the stages and trades of any residential project.

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Diego Méndez-Arce Architect, Founder. ​ With over 10 years of experience, Diego is the founding architect of Arkamos and is extremely passionate and perfectionist by nature. He lived in the U.S. and Europe where he studied and interacted with other cultures and became more aware of his human condition. Diego displays skill in translating abstract ideas to concrete design concepts. He also takes great interest in aesthetics theory. His interests in information technologies and computational design in architecture have fostered an innovative technological approach to the automatization and optimization of his company. In his free time, Diego enjoys cooking and swimming.

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Karina Rojas Marín Senior Architect ​ Passionate architect who specializes in interior design as well as architectural design. She is a very meticulous professional who has a keen eye for high-end interior design furnishings and overall design aesthetics. Being the daughter of a construction foreman she is no stranger to the construction site where she feels at home. Karina also has outstanding customer service practices, she listens to her clients very carefully in order to execute their vision of the project to the fullest.  Her hobbies include swimming, hiking and watercolor painting.

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Berman López Parrales Architect & PM ​ Former professor and PM with over 12 years of experience, he is a versatile and skillful project manager architect that fled Nicaragua as a political refugee. He has worked for several architectural firms on comercial, corporate, government and residencial projects throughout his career. He has experience through all of the design and construction stages of a project. He was also an architecture and BIM professor at the UNAN-Managua and ran his own firm in his home country. In his free time he likes to watch movies and documentaries about history.

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Vilma Magelinskaite Finance & Management ​ Vilma is originally trained as a contemporary glass artist in The School of Fine Arts of Vilnius, Lithuania, she left Europe about 10 years ago and ended up in Costa Rica where she permanently resides now. She is in charge of all our financial affairs. Due to her exquisite taste for interiors and design, she collaborates on a daily basis on our design review meetings. Vilma also collaborates on strategical marketing, web design and graphic design. As a European she brings in a refined Scandinavian-like taste and organizational practices that fit perfectly in our company culture. Vilma enjoys gardening and working with glass on her workshop.

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Jose Luis Campos Andrade Structural Engineer ​ With more than 13 years of experience designing and inspecting in the field of structural design, Andrade is a meticulous and budget conscious Civil Engineer with a master's degree in Structural and Seismic Engineering from The University of Costa Rica. He holds multiple courses and seminars on professional development in the fields of pre-tensed and post-tensed reinforced concrete, post-tension slab design, steel structural design, CMU structural design, wood structural design, seismic bridge design, the reinforcement of existing structures and seismic structural isolation, among others.

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Benjamín Ureña Ferrero Electrical-Mechanical-Plumbing Engineer ​ With more than 15 years of experience Benjamín is the Founding partner of CyCESA Electromecánica. Benjamín is a meticulous MEP engineer with vast experience in electromechanical design for residencial, industrial and comercial projects as well as large power generation projects. He also has plenty of experience in all sorts of plumbing systems, as well as fire suppression systems, alarm systems, LP gas systems, access control systems, CCTV and CATV among many others. Benjamín enjoys watching movies in his free time.

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Bryan Jiménez Montoya Topographic Surveyor ​ Bryan is one of the founders of BABV, an energetic and young multidisciplinary firm that has a topographical, architectural and even graphic design background. His diverse approach makes him a great professional as he surveys every site with a broader perspective. His architectural background allows him to see the site with a keen designer's eye, this is a highly valuable skill that allows the rest of te team to rely on his work, accuracy and precision. He uses some of the the latest topo survey equipment and drone imaging technology to achieve precise results. Bryan is always in touch with Costa Rica's beautiful landscape, he enjoys working outdoors and occasionally relaxes making hand illustrations.

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Eugenio Araya Civil Engineer - Soil Surveyor ​ Eugenio has Master's in Geotechnical Engineering and  he is in charge of Castro y DeLaTorre's engineering department. In 1994 he started off as a Laboratory technician and then as a field technician, in 1999 he became head of the laboratory. In 2002 he started his studies in engineering and also became an assistant in the engineering department, he would later on become the head of this department, he has completed many complementary studies in his field of expertise. Since then he has become a key piece in the organization. ​ ​