Original Presentation Date: August 18th, 2021

In this special series of webinar presentations, we pull back the curtain on the design process. Top designers sit down with host Mike Nantz to discuss their creative processes and what drives them to create sophisticated and beautiful works of watershaping art. Gain practical insights and creative inspiration through images and illustrations from some of the industry’s finest practitioners of the art and craft of water. 

1:00 hour -Watershape University is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

CEUs are awarded for successfully logging completion of this webinar through the course curriculum page after viewing the lecture. Further instructions for registering your completion of this course are posted on the course curriculum page below the webinar recording.


  1. Explore the tenants and principles of Design.
  2. Interpret visual elements and how to present them to the viewer.
  3. Identify requirements to achieve both the Design aesthetic and technical requirements of any given project.
  4. Relate the presentation to students’ own creative processes and work products.


Donald Gatzke is an architect and educator with 40 years in the profession. In addition to practicing in Seattle, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, he has been a member of the architecture faculty at Tuskegee University, Tulane University and the University of Texas at Arlington. From 1997 to 2004 he was Dean of Architecture at Tulane University and served as Dean of the School of Architecture at UT Arlington from 2004-2014. He retired from the UTA faculty at the end of 2019 but continues to practice architecture and pursue multiple academic projects including as a faculty member of Watershape University. Mostly he’s trying to learn how to play the guitar.

In 2014 he was honored by the Texas Society of Architects as the recipient of the Edward Romieniec Award for “extraordinary contributions to the profession through visionary leadership of architectural education”. In 2018, he was made a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

A free Wolfpack Webinar

This course is part of our Weekly Wolfpack Webinar series, conducted live every Wednesday at 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific, and archived as a recording shortly after the live session concludes.