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Penciler is a powerful web-based tool for multifamily housing development that lets you create and compare many different building options for a site, helping you to make better-informed site acquisition decisions.


Draw on local data

Penciler draws on local site and zoning data, allowing you to test multiple building options in real time and in context. Create many different options for each site with different building programs and zoning constraints.


Visualize your results

A proprietary building layout algorithm designed by UrbanSim allows you to automatically generate buildings and visualize both 2D floorplans and 3D massings in context.

Penciler can also help you understand and visualize the effects of a local policy, such as a density bonus or inclusionary requirement. Understand and see your options in a matter of minutes.


Understand the costs


Penciler helps you analyze the costs and sources of funds for each building option, including for affordable housing. Compare your building options to understand the financial impact of different program decisions and rent profiles, or download the cashflow for a building option. Penciler helps you see the big picture while paying attention to the details.


Interested in seeing Penciler in your city? Let us know where you are!