Cal Poly SLO


San Luis Obispo, CA

Architecture, Interiors, Experiential Media


A new residential community for first year students is being completed adjacent to the Grand Avenue entrance of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus. 1475 beds are organized into 7 buildings designed to support new students’ engagement in the Cal Poly experience.

With views opening to the ring of the Seven Sisters hilltops that wrap the campus, student study spaces provide quiet places outside of dorm style rooms. Living rooms dedicated to communities of 50 students are linked inward to vertical circulation to encourage interaction between students. Outward, the living room spaces open to outdoor courtyards and circulation routes. A mailroom, recreation center, offices, admissions welcome center, and a food market wrap a structured student parking deck.

Varied outdoor spaces between the four and five-story residential buildings encourage outdoor life, opening to a large lawn with an amphitheater and a courtyard with volleyball and basketball courts. The community is richly programmed with natural features, gardens, contemplative spaces, and bike paths offering every student the opportunity to be engaged. Mustang Way leads through the center of the community toward the heart of central campus.