From 1953 to 1958, he was the deputy director of the Institutes für Theorie und Geschichte der Baukunst for the Deutschen Bauakademie. In 1965, he became the chief architect of East Berlin, East Germany (now Berlin, Germany). Foreign his work, he was awarded by many different organisations.
He was born in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, German Empire.
Gericke died on 15 February 2014. He was 101 years old.