Donald F. Gatzke
BA Political Science `72 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; MArch Architecture `79 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Executive Leadership Program Center for Creative Leadership `98 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas-Arlington
Over the course of his career, Donald has won several design awards, received citations for his research, and was cited for excellence in teaching at the School of Architecture at Tulane University. Under his leadership, the University of Texas-Arlington School of Architecture has risen to the level of one of the top design schools in the country. As Dean, he has overseen the establishment of two research centers and an innovative graduate certificate program.
His impact on architecture students is immeasurable. His policies and initiatives have affected the lives of countless future architects. Students from the school have won more than 150 awards in regional, national and international competitions in the last decade. The school has embraced the newest technological opportunities in digital fabrication, thereby increasing the opportunities for students as the field of architecture develops and evolves.
Prior to Arlington, Donald served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Tulane University. There he spearheaded the establishment of a master’s of preservation curriculum degree, the development of the architecture school’s strategic plan, and was instrumental in the founding of the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center. He also initiated a $15 million capital campaign for facility renovation and an operating endowment for the school.
Donald is an invited juror for design awards sponsored by the American Institute of Architects around the country, has been an advisor to several visioning and planning committees in Texas and Louisiana, and is regularly invited to speak on topics relating to architecture and planning. In 1998, he was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to act as an advisor to the Citizen’s Committee on the Master Plan, and is frequently consulted with the Planning Commission on urban design issues. He has also served on the Vieux Carre Commission, the preservation oversight committee for the French Quarter of New Orleans. Since 2005, he has been on the organizing committee and management board of Vision North Texas, an award-winning regional planning initiative of the Urban Land Institute, the North Texas Council of Governments and the University of Texas Arlington.
Donald expresses the impact the education he received at UWM had on him in the following ways: When students attending his school suggest that they are interested in coming to the Midwest, he strenuously encourages them to attend the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP). He contributes annually to the School and is supportive of the STAR Fund, a scholarship fund that is used to attract the best and brightest students to SARUP. Recently, Donald was a member of the Leadership Committee for the Bob Greenstreet Honorary Scholarship, and was one of those instrumental in raising over $30,000 for this scholarship. Most importantly, he has used the educational foundation he received at UWM to lead two other schools successfully.