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Avicennia is a local Costa Rican firm dedicated to integrated project management, environmental engineering, design and development consulting.

The firm integrates a multidisciplinary team of professionals into a collaborative platform of expertise. Founded in 2005, Avicennia has since directed hundreds of environmental impact assessment procedures as well as incorporated pre-construction and construction project management into our primary focus of services.

Thus our current services include complete project management and owners representation, site analysis, environmental permitting and master planning as well as green infrastructure design . Our experience ranges from hospitality, residential and commercial developments, to coastal dynamics and engineering, as well as large scale agricultural and renewable energy projects, amongst others. Our integrated practice allows us to attend clients necessities from specific “á la carte” services to complete project management and administration.

MSc. Daniel Loria Sims

Founder & Director
Senior Environmental Consultant

Founder and director at Avicennia Consulting since 2005.

Daniel finished his undergraduate degree in Ecology and Sustainable Development in 2002 to later obtain his Master Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

Since starting his career as a consultant, founding Avicennia in 2005, he has coordinated and approved hundreds of environmental impact assessment procedures in a wide variety of activities:

  • large scale renewable energy
  • aerodromes with extended facilities
  • coastal marine infrastructure projects and marinas
  • agriculture production
  • vertical and horizontal residential
  • commercial and hospitality projects.

His expertise and skill set include knowledge in local development, design and permitting, ISO 14000 environmental management certifications, local and global sustainable construction certifications, site analysis and master planning, due diligence investigations, construction overview and supervision, project management, biological, forestry, hydrological, geological surveys and analysis amongst other areas of expertise related to environmental engineering.

Having a strong focus on team leadership, coordination and management he has consolidated a reliable group of interdisciplinary professional, providing an integrated service adapted to the complex conditions for development, design, research and evaluation in Costa Rica.

Core Team
Josué Pacheco

Forestry Engineer

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Graduated from the Forestry Engineering school of  the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Forestry Regent incorporated to the Colegio de Ingenieros Agrónomos de Costa Rica.

His experience is based on both research projects and specialized technical work. He has participated in international forestry congresses in Costa Rica and Chile. His main affinities are the identification of trees and botanical collections, mapping and use of remote sensing, leadership and project formulation, integrated ecosystem assessment, timber construction, implementation of GHG emissions offset projects focused on the search for carbon neutrality.

Maryan Hidalgo

Environmental Engineer

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Degree in Environmental Engineering from Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Member of the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos and registered as a consultant with SETENA.

She has training in environmental business management, water resource management, environmental soil physics, wastewater management, solid waste management, environmental certifications, and SETENA procedures. He has participated in environmental management projects focused on vulnerable communities.

Luis Acuña Cubillo

Civil and Construction Engineer, Project Manager

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Civil Engineer from Universidad de Costa Rica. Graduated in the specialties of environmental and structural construction.

Incorporated to the Federated College of Engineers and Architects and registered with SETENA as an environmental consultant. Experience in the supervision of construction work, inspection, construction management, budgets, progress control and project costs. Training in hydrology and hydraulic design, wastewater and solid waste management, budgeting, architectural design and structural design. He has participated in construction projects of more than 10,000 m2 of residential and commercial type.

Daniela Arce


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Architect graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Costa Rica.

Member of the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos de Costa Rica. Her training is based on architectural and interior design in corporate and residential environments, from conceptualizations inspired by the context, materiality and functionality of the project. She also designs furniture and creative products for customized spaces. She has experience in graphic design focused on branding and digital presentations. She is also an independent designer of concrete products for decorative and functional uses.

Marco Araya Oviedo

Geologist, Hydrogeologist

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Geologist of Universidad de Costa Rica and Master in Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management. Incorporated to the College of Geologists of Costa Rica and registered with SETENA as an environmental consultant.

He counts with training in groundwater contamination, techniques for remediation of contaminated areas, drilling of wells for drinking water, modeling of contamination plumes in aquifers, pumping and infiltration tests, and x-ray refraction in rock and soil samples. Experience in soil sampling, geotechnical and geophysical tests, inspections and drilling execution, as well as work coordination and GIS management. He has participated in geological and hydrogeological studies at Universidad de Costa Rica and Centro de Investigaciones de Ciencias Geológicas, as well as seismological studies in the Red Sismológica Nacional. He has experience as an environmental project consultant, protocols for SETENA, hydrogeological studies for SENARA and technical studies for AyA and MINAE.

Aurelia Rodríguez Acuña

Architect, Urban Planner, Project Manager

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Architect of the School of Architecture and Urbanism of Tecnológico de Costa Rica.Incorporated to the Federated College of Engineers and Architects.

She counts with training in urban and architectural design, always with a bioclimatic and accessibility approach.Her experience ranges from urban design to interior design, in residential, commercial and office projects.She has also worked in coordination tasks between designers, engineers, suppliers and construction teams. She has participated in BIDworkshops and competitions with an emphasis on urban regeneration in Costa Rica and Argentina. She has experience in illustration and graphic design in independentprojects.

Multidisciplinary Team

The professional team that makes up Avicennia includes a variety of academic backgrounds that direct and complement professional services offered. With more than 15 years of experience we have several alliances and strategic affiliations which allows us to have a diverse group of professionals with high experience that include: hydrogeologists, civil engineers, coastal marine engineers, marine biologists, archaeologists, social anthropologists, economists, lawyers, forestry engineers, graduates in natural resources as well as an administrative management with a lot of experience with the various institutions and procedures associated with the environmental impact assessment in Costa Rica.