Mauricio has been committed since 2019 to the Quantum Leap The Living Future Challenge campaign to expand and bring the Regenerative design and development approach to Latin America. Founder and executive director of Origen Ingenieria Seismorresistencia, a consulting firm in Architecture and Engineering, which has provided its services to important companies and government institutions that have benefited from its extensive experience.
He has worked as a civil engineer for more than 20 years, began as a structural engineer and appraiser and specialized with a master's degree in structural engineering at the University of Costa Rica. He reinforced his knowledge with a master's degree in Project Management at the University of Barcelona and today he continues with a master's degree in BIM Management, a tool that allows greater control for reducing risks and saving resources.
Among the greatest personal achievements that have marked his professional career, we can mention the thesis project to opt for a degree in civil engineering, said work was based on the RCC design modality: Roller Compacted Concrete which served as a point of reference for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) in the design and construction of dams, contributing to significant economic savings. To this can be added the Codisa Data Center, the most avant-garde technological project of 2006, the ninth data center in the world and the first in Latin America to obtain the certification in Administration and Operations from the Uptime Institute. The BN Arena gym with capacity for more than 5,000 people, a project designed and built under a fast track work strategy, achieving a delivery of the work in record time of 7 months, positioning itself as the largest gym in Costa Rica today. He has carried out project management for the World Bank and the design of the new University Campus of the University of Costa Rica.
Faced with the challenges of climate change, it has wanted to leave a positive mark on its projects by implementing sustainable construction strategies. Today he is part of the first generation of professional consultants of the RESET standard Requirements for Sustainable Buildings in the Tropics, vice president of Costa Rica Natural Design Advisers, ambassador of the Living Building Challenge and participated in The Regenerative Practitioner Series course.
Victor co-found and serve as a CEO since 2018 of the Regenerative Built Environment Institute which is leading since 2019 the campaign Quantum Leap to expand and brought to Latin America the Regenerative development and design approach, through programs such as LBC 4.0, Core Buildings, Living Community Challenge, Net Zero Energy, Carbon Zero, Living Product 50, Materials Pledge, and the TRP as well, organizing the Collaborative Summit Latin America as the first ever Living Future in Latin America in 2021. He becomes Regenerative Practitioner since 2019.
Since 2012 he has been served as Living Future Ambassador Networking Volunteer in Costa Rica and founder and Facilitator of the LBC Collaborative in his country for the International Living Future Institute, who awarded him as Living Future Heroe 2019. He lead for Latin America and part of the tropics, the official review of the LBC Petal Handbooks for the new version 4.0. His firm Montero-Dien is one of the first and the only one in Latin America to be adhering and sign in April 2019, the Materials Pledge initiative to promote a healthy, transparent and non-toxic materials industry which allow him to be part of an unfolding initiative where REGENBE leading and bringing to Latin America the Materials Pledge initiative.
He found and lead a Latin American, Caribbean and Tropics Green Leaders Network to build a strong community of practitioners to advocate and create transformative change and regenerative development in the region. From this platform launched besides the Quantum Leap Campaing the parallel regional work of “All We Can Save project” (https://www.allwecansave.earth), facilitating a circle of Latin-American women that are exploring the climate crisis.
A Costa Rican licensed architect since 1992, he is Living Future Accredited, LEED Green Associate, EDGE Expert Auditor and Accredited Expert Consultant and Auditor for the Costa Rican green building standard RESET with several studies on Biomimicry. His specialty is planning and design, and in particular regenerative design. He is advocating sustainable development since 1989 when he was student of architecture at the University of Costa Rica. In 1992 he was awarded with 1st prize in the Research, Criticism, History, and Planning Category for his work "Sociobiotic Communities: An Operative Model of Sustainability" in the 1st Architectural Biennial in his country. With studies of a master’s degree studies in Public Health with an Environment and Development approach he continuously keeps studying on sustainability, regenerative development and design, as all related with climate change. Former Urban Planning and Development Director at the Municipality of Montes de Oca, from 2003 to 2006, founder and director from 1996-1999 the Sustainability and Peace Institutional Program (PRINSOPAZ) at the University of Costa Rica. He opened his own firm in January 2009, and being author of numerous articles and papers in the field of sustainability, climate change and related areas, Victor has presented at numerous conferences, and regularly lectures in Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia Perú, Brazil and Chile. He was a presenter during the Unconference Living Future 2020.
Member of the International Living Future Institute (2012) and of United States Green Building Council (2014). Since 2015, he is a founding member and Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Costa Rica. In 2016 he led a movement to create APRORESET, a national association to support the use of the local green building standard (RESET) and at the same time, was part of a local group to found the Costa Rica Natural Design Advisers (CRNDA) as a consortium of companies to export exclusively sustainable consulting services, that has now evolved toward a regenerative approach as the ultimate goal where sustainability is the minimum viable option.
His philosophy has evolved from sustainability in 1989 to become regenerative since 2016.
Viviana is a lawyer and environmental consultant with extensive international experience in public-private approaches to biodiversity management and environmental finance. Among others, he has worked on several projects for the socio-economic valuation of ecosystem services as support for the incorporation of natural capital in decision-making in the private, public and NGO sectors, and has advised a wide range of actors in project financing of climate change and other financial transactions. From 2015 to 2018 she was legal advisor to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), focused on projects for the private sector.
During her most recent work as a partner at the research consulting firm Wolfs Company in Amsterdam, she advised governmental and non-governmental conservation organizations applying the conceptual framework (of her own) for sustainable financing 'Eco2Fin'. With it, sustainable financing mechanisms have been identified, evaluated and developed for the management of more than 25 Protected Areas (PAs) in the Greater Caribbean and Central America.
Viviana is also the co-author of two products recently published by the Conservation Finance Alliance: "Environmental Funds 2020: Global Vision, Local Action" and "2020 Standards of Practice for Environmental Funds".
Viviana obtained a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and an MSc. in Environmental and Natural Resource Management (with an emphasis on environmental economics) from the VU University of Amsterdam. Viviana also concluded the Financing for Biodiversity course, sponsored by the BIOFIN initiative (UNDP), and the Investment Management course for small and growing companies (SGBs), with an emphasis on impact investing, taught by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). In addition, she is a Kinship Conservation Fellow (2015) and a member of the Conservation Finance Alliance and Natural Capital Coalition networks.
She regularly participates as a speaker or facilitator in workshops and seminars internationally.