Something to Give…Featuring: Shooka Sharafi

***Our “Something To Give…” blog series highlights members, family, friends, and/or supporters of Women in Design-Denver Chapter that have generously offered to donate a bit of their talent as a prize for the 1st Annual VIP Membership Celebration.***

We are very honored to offer our members a chance at this stunning prize, an original painting from a Shooka Sharafi, an interior designer with Slaterpaull Architects.  The painting incorporates kufic, the oldest form of calligraphy and a type of script used in various parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The translation is a verse from the Qur’an, which used kufic in its first copies, that reads “Love your family.  Respect your elders.  And be truthful always.”

What a beautiful sentiment.  Read on to find out more about this very talented woman:

How did you get involved in making artwork?

I come from a family of artists, so painting has always been in my life.

What is the favorite part of your job?

Walking in to our office and feeling grateful!

Can you name a woman who has been influential in your career?

Nadia Volchansky.  She was my studio professor during my last year in graduate school at George Washington University.  At the time, Nadia was the same age as most of the graduate students in the interior design program, yet her professionalism, skill set, and design integrity made her the most radiant, valid professor in the department!  To me, she shattered the glass ceiling and proved that your sex, your ethnicity, and your age are entirely insignificant once you demonstrate veracity and hard work.

If you were a building material, what would you be?

A Schluter trim! Cause sometimes you need something small to hold it all together.

Finish this sentence…”To me, success is…”

Living an adventurous and happy life, and having someone special to share it with.

What inspires you?

My husband, and my family…. They work hard AND play hard.

What utensil/tool could you NOT live without?

A Spork!

How would your clients/co-workers describe you?

Energetic and optimistic.


For more information about Shooka and her work visit her website:


Written by Carisa Donahue

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