Cypress is a high density, mixed-use development designed by students Michael Gibbons and Anthony Petrillo.  The development was the result of a quarter long urban design studio in which students were assigned the task of designing an infill development in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, California.  The development was designed with many new urbanism design principals in mind: walkability, connectivity, mixed-use & diversity, mix in housing types, aesthetically pleasing architecture, high density, and proximity to convenient and safe transportation.  

Cypress Information


  • 15 two-bedroom apartments (~800sf each)
  • 12 three-bedroom apartments (~1,100sf each)
  • 10 three-bedroom townhomes (~1,700sf each)
  • 11 mini units (~300sf each)

Cypress Hotel

  • 30 rooms (~350sf each)
  • Lobby/office (~15,000sf)
  • Subterranean Parking (37 parking stall)


  • Retail Commercial (~45,000sf)
  • Grocery Store (~15,000sf)


Client: Private developer in cooperation with the City of San Luis Obispo