David G. Houck

David G. Houck

Executive Managing Director

Current responsibilities
David Houck is a Managing Director at JLL and a leader of the firm’s Higher Education practice. David delivers a broad range of real estate, construction and facility management solutions to colleges and universities. 

JLL has worked with over 200 public and private institutions and is a global leader in commercial real estate services helping universities achieve their mission.

Over his 25+ year career at JLL, David has participated in a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus projects, including strategic plans, financings, and development/build-to-suit projects. The aggregate value of his experience is in excess of $3 Billion. 

Before leading JLL’s Higher Education practice David served in a variety of capacities at JLL; he was a leader of the firm’s Non-Profit practice and Tenant Representation groups, and he co-founded and managed the Washington, DC office of The Staubach Company (which merged with JLL in 2008.)

David’s clients over the years have included many universities, as well as independent Federal agencies and non-profit organizations, including The George Washington University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Public Broadcasting Service, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Tsinghua University, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Postal Service.

Prior to joining JLL, David was responsible for asset management and leasing of an 800,000 SF office and industrial portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic area. 

Earlier in his career, he was a consultant for an international real estate advisory firm. David began his career with a national equipment lessor, where he structured numerous capital leases and off-balance sheet financings.

Throughout his career, David has received industry awards for his accomplishments and projects, as well as firm-wide recognitions including JLL’s highest honor – the Champion of Excellence Award.

David earned a degree in Economics from Duke University. 

David is a member of NACUBO and EACUBO. He serves and has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including Junior Achievement of the National Capitol Area, the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the South River Federation, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, where he has chaired the Real Estate Committee and the Executive Networks Program. 

David has been an instructor and volunteer for Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) for over 10 years. Through CoreNet Global he earned the Institute for Corporate Real Estate’s Masters in Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation.