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Don Gatzke, Architect and former Dean of the UTA School of Architecture will moderate "The Social Impact of Greening the City" Panel for the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 with “The Social Impact of Greening the City” moderated by Donald Gatzke, who served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2004 through 2014 and is now a Professor at the university on the faculty. 

Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue! 

The venue for this Dallas Architecture Forum Panel is at The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100.  It is free and will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at 6:15 pm. No reservations are needed to attend this panel discussion.  

“The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to present this next panel in its 2015-16 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Moderator Don Gatzke will be joined by panelists who will discuss the positive impact of ‘urban farms’ in Dallas, and how this can be expanded to improve healthy sustainable living in the city. Joining Gatzke as Panelists for the program will be Valerie Miller, the Director of La Bajada Urban Youth Farm; Daron Babcock of Bonton Farms; and Hannah Koski, associated with “We Over Me” urban farming initiative at Paul Quinn College.  

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit or call 214-764-2406.   

Panel Season Sponsors are John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates, Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty and WDG Architects.

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“The Social Impact of Greening the City”
19 April 2016

Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal Reception at 6:15

Venue: The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers, Suite 100

In recent years, various forms of urban agriculture have been used across the country as the core of community stabilization and development, with a strong emphasis on improving the public health of neighborhood residents.  In Dallas, these urban farms include Paul Quinn College’s initiative called "We Over Me Urban Farm" and "Bonton Farms" in South Dallas, plus a number of businesses and organizations that produce and distribute locally grown produce.  Representatives of several urban agriculture projects in Dallas will discuss the objectives and impact of their projects on the overall goal of reintroducing nature and green space and solving the ‘food desert’ dilemma in urban areas. 

Panelists for the program will be Valerie Miller, the Director of La Bajada Urban Youth Far; Daron Babcock of Bonton Farms; and Hannah Koski, associated with “We Over Me” urban farming initiative at Paul Quinn College. 

About the Moderator: Don Gatzke 

Donald Gatzke is the Director of Design for the newly established Community Design Studio Fort Worth and is also Professor and former Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Gatzke served as Dean at the school from 2004 through 2014, a period during which the school experienced growth both in enrollment and academic recognition. Prior to his arrival in Arlington, he was Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture from 1997-2004. In addition, he has been a member of the architecture faculty at Tuskegee University and practiced architecture in Seattle, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was designated a “distinguished university alumnus” in 2012. 

Gatzke is a frequent guest critic at architecture schools in the U.S. and juror on professional awards programs.  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 for the City Planning Commission.  He also served on the Vieux Carre Commission, the preservation oversight committee for the French Quarter of New Orleans. 

While at Tulane he was instrumental in the founding of the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center and the establishment of the Masters of Preservation Studies Program. 

As Dean at UT Arlington, Gatzke has overseen the establishment of two research centers, the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, and the Center for Metropolitan Density, as well as the innovative graduate certificate program in real estate development focused Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies. 

From 2006 to 2009 he was the elected Education Director to the Board of the Texas Society of Architects and he continues to serve on the executive boards of a number of organizations including the Dallas Architecture Forum, AIA-Dallas, AIA Fort Worth, and the Texas Architecture Foundation among others.  He served as president of AIA Fort Worth for 2014. Also, in 2014 the Texas Society of Architects awarded him the Edward Romieniec Award for “extraordinary contributions to the profession through visionary leadership in architectural education.” 

Since 2005 he has been a member of the organizing committee and management board of Vision North Texas, an award-winning, regional planning initiative of the Urban Land Institute, North Texas District, the North Texas Council of Governments and the University of Texas Arlington. In March of 2010, Vision North Texas released North Texas 2050, outlining a scenario for sustainable growth over the next 40 years. 

This spring Gatzke has begun service as Director of Design for the newly established Community Design Studio Fort Worth and is “slipping back” into the active practice of architecture.

About the Dallas Architecture Forum 

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 160 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon. 

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”. Among the many community leaders who have served as Forum Panel Moderators are Rick Brettell, Gail Thomas, Brent Brown, Peter Simek, Krys Boyd, Scott Cantrell, and the late David Dillon.  

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