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Donald Gatzke

Donald Gatzke


School of Architecture

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B.A. Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972
M.Arch, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1979

After seven years of architectural practice in Seattle, Washington, Donald Gatzke joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture at Tuskegee University in Alabama in 1985. In 1987 he became a member of the faculty of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans teaching design, computer graphics and American urbanism. He was appointed Dean of the School in 1997 where he remained through 2004 until being appointed Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1998, he was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to act as a professional advisor to the Citizen's Committee on the Master Plan and frequently consulted on urban design issues with for the City Planning Commission. He also served on the Vieux Carre Commission, the preservation oversight committee for the French Quarter of New Orleans.

He serves on the executive boards of a number of organizations including AIA-Dallas, the Dallas Architectural Foundation and the Dallas Architectural Forum among others. He is also a member of the management board of Vision North Texas, a regional planning initiative of the Urban Land Institute-North Texas Chapter, the North Texas Council of Governments and the University of Texas Arlington. In 2007 he will become the education representative on the Board of the Texas Society of Architects through 2008.

In addition to his responsibilities at the School of Architecture, Gatzke has continued to practice architecture both as a sole practitioner and in collaboration with others. A recent project was published in Dwell Magazine, October 2004 and was selected as one of the 10 best projects in New Orleans for 2005 by New Orleans Magazine. He is also a frequent guest critic at architecture schools in the U.S. and on professional awards programs.