Samina Quraeshi, 1944–2013

Samina Quraeshi, an influential artist, designer, author and educator, who dedicated her career to encouraging greater awareness and understanding of her native Pakistan, and who was for many years a valued member of the Places Journal board of directors, died earlier this fall. The cause was heart failure.

Born in Mumbai, and educated at the Kansas City Art Institute and Yale School of Art and Architecture, Quraeshi practiced for many years in the Boston-area graphic design and architecture studio Shepard/Quraeshi Associates, which she formed in 1975 with her partner and husband Richard Shepard.

Over the years Quraeshi held a range of positions, including Assistant Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, at Harvard; Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts; and Henry R. Luce Professor of Family and Community at the University of Miami. She is author of several books, including Legacy of the Indus: A Journey through Pakistan; Lahore: The City Within; Legends of the Indus; and Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of South Asia. Her photographs and paintings have been exhibited in solo shows at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University; the Zamana Gallery, in London; the Asia Society and Volume Gallery, both in New York; the Smithsonian Institution; the MIT Museum; and the Lok Virsa Folk Heritage Museum, in Islamabad.

In 2006 she received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s national medal of excellence, for cultural preservation. She received honorary degrees from the Art Institute of Boston and Bradford College.

Quraeshi is survived by her children, Sadia and Cassim, her son-in-law Andreas Burgess, and granddaughter Noor Jehan Shepard Burgess. Richard Shepard died earlier this year.

On Sunday November 3, at 4 pm, there will be a memorial service at the Dewey Family Gallery of the de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.