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For more than half a century, our goal at Howard Hughes has remained the same: to foster innovation, inspiration, resilience, and sustainable growth for generations to come.
David R. O’Reilly
Chief Executive Officer
“At our foundation we are community builders, known for creating the outstanding places where families want to live and businesses choose to thrive.”LEARN MORE
The Woodlands, along with the two complementary communities of Bridgeland and The Woodland Hills in the Greater Houston region, remain at the forefront of totally integrative design, delivering a high quality of life to diverse and self-sustaining community.
The fact that The Woodlands is the largest community in the world to achieve LEED pre-certification—without really changing or modifying how we develop—validates the approach to sustainability that George Mitchell adopted at its inception.
PRESIDENT, HOUSTON REGION
The Seaport is New York City’s original neighborhood, an historic treasure on the East River in Lower Manhattan, whose past we are committed to preserving for decades to come for visitors from around the world.
Stewardship and resiliency are at the heart of everything we do at The Seaport—from providing free programming and activating public spaces to implementing new and innovative ways to measure and reduce energy use.
CO-PRESIDENT, NEW YORK REGION
Summerlin continues to be recognized as an industry leader in natural resource preservation and as one of the country’s premier locations to raise a family and operate a business.
From cultural celebrations that honor diversity and foster unity, to their unwavering support for local businesses, Howard Hughes and Summerlin have woven themselves into the fabric of our community, creating growth, connection, and prosperity that uplifts us all.
FOUNDER & CEO, STERLINGS MOBILE
Washington D.C. / Baltimore
Downtown Columbia, the realization of its founder James Rouse’s vision to create “a garden for growing people,” is where Howard Hughes’ sustainability journey began.
We are constantly striving to be better and to do better—to go beyond what is required of us as builders, employers, and stewards of the land we develop—because it is the right thing to do.
PRESIDENT, MARYLAND REGION
Ward Village honors the distinct history of its land and continues the legacy of founder Victoria Ward, who embraced the Hawaiian tradition of nurturing and restoring the land.
With each new milestone, we continue to build on our commitment to advance smart growth in Honolulu.
Projected to be developed over the next 50 years, Teravalis is our largest community to date and will help alleviate the housing shortage in the greater Phoenix area—one of the fastest growing regions in America.
At Teravalis, we benefit from being able to use the best-in-class practices and principles that have been applied to the other master planned communities…as we look to develop this new community and bring it to life.
PRESIDENT, ARIZONA REGION
SUSTAINABLE | INCLUSIVE | TRANSPARENT
Planted more than 600 trees in Columbia for a total of 3,843 trees to-date as part of a commitment to plant 10,000 by 2037; Ward Village donated $25,000 to support Trees for Honolulu’s Future, which is working to achieve 35% tree canopy coverage by 2035.
Contributed over $2.7 million in financial donations and hands-on support to more than 200 organizations and causes.
Managing a Vital Resource
Designing a master planned community is an opportunity to rethink the systems and processes that have traditionally defined our cities, with the goal of making them better and more efficient.LEARN MORE
The name Howard Hughes has long been synonymous with an unyielding passion for excellence, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of innovation.
From drill bits to aviation, film, and real estate, the Hughes family legacy includes the acquisition of a 25,000-acre parcel along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, which would later be developed into the award-winning Summerlin master planned community—named for Jean Amelia Summerlin, the matriarch of the Hughes family.
Driven by a profound love for her homeland, Victoria Ward embraced Mālama ʻĀina, the Hawaiian tradition of nurturing and restoring the land. She envisioned her vast 100-acre estate as a natural sanctuary where the community could come together to connect with each other and celebrate culture and the beauty of the island of Oahu.
Operated for multiple generations under the ownership of Victoria Ward Limited, the area became known as a flourishing gathering place between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. The legacy continues today, as the location is home to Ward Village, a community dedicated to honoring the distinct history of its land and remaining at the forefront of sustainable development.
Inspired in part by the work of Rouse, the energy businessman George Mitchell acquired more than 28,000 acres of land in the Piney Woods of Southeast Texas with a vision of creating The Woodlands.
The Woodlands is home to over 118,000 residents and is one of the most acclaimed MPCs in the country. Considered by many as the father of sustainable development, George Mitchell established the Houston Advanced Research Center.
James Rouse, known as the grandfather of the master planned community, is responsible for some of the most successful communities and retail districts in the nation, including the renowned MPC of Columbia, Maryland.
Grounded in his belief in economic, social, and racial equality, Rouse’s influence on the American urban landscape has reshaped how people live, work, and play. With visionary foresight, he reimagined how communities could be designed and built to create, in his words, “a garden for growing people.” He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 in honor of his “uplifting work in American cities.”