Architectural Designer/Drafter

Caplow Manzano is hiring a motivated and creative early-career professional with a background in architecture or design. The position will be balanced between (a) researching and sourcing materials and design elements that meet our advanced goals for sustainability and occupant health, (b) mark up of plans and preparation of details, and (c) rendering of architecture details. Other tasks may be assigned as needed.

About Caplow Manzano

Caplow Manzano designs for life. Based in Miami, Caplow Manzano is building the only houses in Florida that will be certified to meet international standards for both health-first design (WELL) and environmental performance (LEED). Deploying a unique set of innovations and modifications, the firm’s designs reinvent the modern home from the inside out, preventing health problems before they happen. Caplow Manzano houses are 100% drywall-free, eliminating the most common location for mold. All plumbing and AC ducts are easily accessible, and walls, floors, and ceilings are built without voids or cavities. Finishes are nontoxic and hypoallergenic. Homes are elevated an entire story above current ground levels, and are designed to last at least a full century.


  • Day-to-day management of ground-up residential construction projects;
  • Coordinate and contribute to collaborative, leading-edge architectural designs;
  • Review plans and specifications;
  • Produce detailed Architectural drawings and renderings;
  • Research and understand building and zoning codes and restrictions;
  • Identify cost barriers to implementation and develop budgets;
  • Research existing and nextgen sustainable materials, fixtures, and techniques;
  • Coordinate with engineers, architects, and equipment vendors around project implementation over an 18-24 month timeframe;
  • Participate in design meetings and accurately track design priorities and limitations;
  • Assist in any way necessary for successful project outcomes.

Desired Skill Set

  • Background and education in architecture or similar field;
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Bluebeam (or similar);
  • Proficiency in Lumion, InDesign, Photoshop (or similar);
  • Passion for ecology, sustainability, and design;
  • Personally organized, highly accurate, and detail-oriented;
  • Entrepreneurial streak, judgment, and maturity; ability to go the extra mile;
  • Strong communication skills; sense of humor; poise under pressure.

Required Experience

  • A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in architecture, design, or building sciences;
  • 1-3 years work experience;
  • Strong communication skills; sense of humor; poise under pressure.

Commitment & Compensation

Salary $50,000-$65,000 based on experience and qualifications. Health plan and PTO offered after trial period. Offices in Coconut Grove; position is full time and in-person (covid protocols in place). Opportunities for advancement into higher roles over time. EOE.


Applicants will not be considered without sending a brief letter of interest, resume, and portfolio (or website) to [email protected].