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Professor Gatzke is a graduate of Iowa State University's Architecture program. He practiced with several of Des Moines' most notable architecture firms in both residential and commercial architecture. In 1997 Professor Gatzke became Program Chair of the Architectural Drafting Program and was tasked with rewriting the curriculum to infuse the latest technologies used in architectural practice. The following year the Architectural Technologies Program was released. Curriculum and equipment is adjusted continually to adapt to new technologies or techniques.
Professor Gatzke is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs. He maintains his certifications with the Construction Specifications Institute in contract documentation and with Autodesk as an Expert in both AutoCAD and Revit Architecture.