Diana Benavides Jenkins

Diana Benavides Jenkins

San José, CR



I am very interested in experiencing the work environment in New York City, both for the life and professional value it represents.
I have worked through 2011 in a Master in Environment and Bioclimatic Architecture in Madrid. I have always been passionate about the sustainable development of architectural projects, and the use of passive and active bioclimatic solutions; now I have had the opportunity to go deeper in this area by taking this master.
I am used to manage corporate clients as well as independent clients, supervising their projects from the birth of the design, to the delivery of the finished space; I have excellent communication skills and I am experienced in client attention, problem solving and working as a leader or part of a team.
I also have managed work teams from very early in my career and also have experienced the development of residential and commercial projects; a majority of them as remodelling projects, designing interior spaces and coordinating different contractors.


DBJ arquitectura, San José, CR, Senior Architect and owner

Consultant for independent and corporate clients.
Design and strategic remodeling, coordination of different work teams in complex situations.
Design of permanent and summer homes and small apartment buildings.

Feb 2006 - Dec 2010

Soluciones Modulares de Centroamérica S.A., San José, CR, Architecture and Remodelling Manager

Manager of the remodeling department in the company, which required the coordination of different work teams as well as client attention.

Oct 2004 - Feb 2006

Soluciones Modulares de Centroamérica S.A., San José, CR, Sales Manager

Manager of the project consultants team; as well as working as a consultant with my customer portfolio.

Jul 2003 - Oct 2004

Soluciones Modulares de Centroamérica S.A., San José, CR, Project Consultant

Working as a furniture design consultant with a customer portfolio.

Jul 2002 - Jul 2003

Sistemas Constructivos PANACOR S.A., San José, CR, Budget and architectural design – Internship

Working as a designer of a construction system company and also calculating budgets for different clients.

Jan 2000 - Apr 2000


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, ES, Masters, Master in Environment and Bioclimatic Architecture

The studies range from the origins of bioclimatic architecture in indigenous practices, to the current uses of renewable energy through geo-biology and bio-construction, ecological urbanism and contemporary bioclimatic architecture.

Jan 2011 - Jul 2012

Colegio Universitario de Alajuela, Alajuela, CR, Photographic Arts and Science

From the basics of photography design and composition, history, classic developing and printing techniques, to digital photography and manipulation through photoshop.

Jan 2001 - Dec 2003

Universidad Central de Costa Rica, San José, CR, MArch, Architect

Highest architecture studies that enables an association to the "Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos de Costa Rica" (CFIA), which is the Costa Rican statutory regulator of architects and engineers.

Jan 1999 - Dec 2001

Universidad Veritas, San José, CR, BArch, Architect

Studies in architectural knowledge and project complexity.

May 1993 - Dec 1998

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