Sunday, January 28, 2018

Julie Cleaver, Vice President of Land Planning and Design, Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corp.

When North Carolina native Julie Cleaver graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her career path was still uncertain.

Julie Cleaver

“I assumed with my business degree that I would end up working at a bank, and that didn’t seem very interesting to me,” said Cleaver, who took a summer job at an interior landscape firm, interviewing landscape contractors, nursery business owners, landscape architects and land developers. “I knew I wanted to do something in one of those fields so I enrolled in some horticulture and landscape architecture at Ohio State University and pursued a degree in landscape architecture. As I worked with developer clients, I discovered a love for all kinds of land development,” she said.

Cleaver joined The Howard Hughes Corp.’s then-parent company, The Rouse Co., in 2004. She assumed her current post in 2007.

“In a nutshell, I am the chief planner for Summerlin and responsible for all current and forward planning for the community,” said Cleaver, who is instrumental in creating the framework for Summerlin’s growth and has overseen the planning for six villages spanning more than 3,000 acres.

“Summerlin is one of the largest master-planned communities in the country, and with close to 5,500 acres left to develop over the next 20 to 30 years, the real challenge will be how to maintain our leadership role in innovative and relevant planning practices to enhance our brand.”

This year, Cleaver said much of the focus will be on the continuing evolution of Downtown Summerlin.

“Shortly, we will break ground on Las Vegas Ballpark, a 10,000-capacity baseball stadium for the Las Vegas 51s, and a new luxury apartment complex will also begin to take shape,” said Cleaver, who is active with numerous professional organizations and a supporter of the Goodie Two Shoes organization.